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Rural Mysticism versus Urban Modernity in the Egyptian and Turkish Novel

A Comparative Analysis of ʻAbd al-Ḥakīm Qāsim’s “The Seven Days of Man” and Yaşar Kemal’s “Earth, Iron, Sky, Copper”
  • Lars Marcus PetrissonEmail author
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Zusammenfassung

Dieser Artikel untersucht die Wiederbelebung der Islamischen Mystik in den ländlichen Narrativen des ägyptischen und türkischen Romans in den 1960-er Jahren anhand einer Fallstudie aus der jeweiligen Literaturtradition. Die ausgewählten Romane sind Ayyam Al-Insan As-Sabʻa (Deutsch: Die sieben Tage des Menschen) des ägyptischen Schriftstellers ʻAbd al-Ḥakīm Qāsim und Yaşar Kemal’s Yer Demir Gök Bakır (Deutsch: Eisenerde, Kupferhimmel) (1963). Anhand dieser Beispiele wird gezeigt wie die Aneignung von Motiven und Gedankengut aus der islamischen Mystik eine Brücke zwischen Vergangenheit und Gegenwart bis in die Zukunft schlägt. Die islamische Mystik wird nicht nur als passiv überliefertes Kulturgut verstanden, sondern gestaltet aktiv die Sinn- und Identitätsdiskurse einer postindustriellen Gesellschaft mit.

Abstract

This paper will examine the revival of Islamic mysticism portrayed in rural narratives of the Egyptian and Turkish novel of the 1960’s based on two case studies, each an exemplar of its literary traditional. The novels in question are Ayyam Al-Insan Al-Sabʻa (Seven Days of Man, published 1969) by the Egyptian novelist ʻAbd al-Ḥakīm Qāsim and Yaşar Kemal’s Yer Demir Gök Bakır (Earth, Iron, Sky, Copper, published 1963). Departing from the chosen examples, a picture is drawn where mysticism forms a main source of literary inspiration and becomes a means to establish continuity with the past. In this context, Islamic mysticism is more than a passively transmitted cultural artifact; it becomes a major instrument to construct identity and meaning in a post-industrial society.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität MünsterMünsterDeutschland

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