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Spiritual Grammar: Genre and the Saintly Subject in Islam and Christianity

F. Dominic Longo
Format
Book
Published
New York : Fordham University Press, 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Series
Comparative Theology : Thinking Across Traditions
Comparative Theology — Thinking Across Traditions
ISBN
9780823275724, 0823275728
Summary
Spiritual Grammar" identifies a genre of religious literature that until now has not been recognized as such. In this surprising and theoretically nuanced study, F. Dominic Longo reveals how grammatical structures of language addressed in two medieval texts published nearly four centuries apart, from distinct religious traditions, offer a metaphor for how the self is embedded in spiritual reality. Reading The Grammar of Hearts (Nahw al-qulub) by the great Sufi shaykh and Islamic scholar 'Abd al-Karim al-Qushayri (d. 1074) and Moralized Grammar (Donatus moralizatus) by Christian theologian Jean Gerson (d. 1429), Longo reveals how both authors use the rules of language and syntax to advance their pastoral goals. Indeed, grammar provides the two masters with a fresh way of explaining spiritual reality to their pupils and to discipline the souls of their readers in the hopes that their writings would make others adept in the grammar of the heart.
Description
xix, 288 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-268) and index.
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