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The Ball and Polo Stick or the Book of Ecstasy: A Parallel Persian-English Text (Bibliotheca Iranica: Intellectual Traditions Series) Arifi of Herat

The Ball and Polo Stick or the Book of Ecstasy: A Parallel Persian-English Text (Bibliotheca Iranica: Intellectual Traditions Series)

Arifi of Herat

Published January 11th 2012
ISBN : 9781568590905
Paperback
80 pages
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 About the Book 

Little is known of the poet Arifi of Herat (d. 1449), but his book The Ball and Polo Stick has been popular since its composition in A.H. 842 (A.D. 1438-39) at the height of Timurid power. The underlying theme of this work is self-sacrificing love, aMoreLittle is known of the poet Arifi of Herat (d. 1449), but his book The Ball and Polo Stick has been popular since its composition in A.H. 842 (A.D. 1438-39) at the height of Timurid power. The underlying theme of this work is self-sacrificing love, a conceptualization that was derived from the Sufi ideal of love. This love not only by definition is unrequited but also demands the ultimate death of the lover. In terms of mystical speculative philosophy, the death of the lover is the annihilation of selfhood and self-awareness i.e., the total absorption of the lover s own consciousness of self into that of the beloved. On the purely mystical level, this represents the annihilation of the individuated soul, the lover, into the godhead, the beloved. When translated into human terms, the hapless lover would have to die in ecstasy at the feet of his beloved. This was the conceptualization of love that was taken up and glorified by Persian poetry.The Ball and Polo Stick is the third volume in Intellectual Traditions, a series aimed to provide scholars and students of Iranian heritage with new source materials on philosophy, mysticism, `irfan, intellectual history, and literature.