• The Revelation of the Veiled in Toni Morrison's Paradise: The Whirling Dervishes in the Harem of the Convent

    Author(s):
    Majda R. Atieh (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    LLC African American, TC Women’s and Gender Studies
    Subject(s):
    African American culture, African American literature, Religion
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    literature, toni morrison
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6730B
    Abstract:
    Muslim women's perspective on liberatory Islamic orality (or empowerment via the oral traditions within Islam) is vastly accentuated in Fatema Mernissi's and Leila Ahmed's examinations of the harem structure. These harem narratives celebrate Sufism, a mystical Islamic theosophy that foregrounds orality and invites a constant search toward divine discovery and liberation from human limitations. Recalling these narratives, Morrison's Paradise (1997) emerges as a harem narrative that culls the liberatory Sufi rituals crystallized by Jalalu 'ddin Rumi, his lineage of the Mevlevi Order, and other Sufi mystics such as Mansur al-Hallaj and Muhyiddin ibn 'Arabi. Paradise celebrates Sufism as a paradigmatic vision for female resistance, empowerment, and liberation.
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    Published as:
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    Status:
    Published
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