The Symbolism of Birds and Flight in the Writings of Ruzbihan Baqli

Carl W. Ernst

Koranic verses, to Ruzbihan, are not mere words, but verbal theophanies, which act as catalysts for the transformation of the listening soul. The power of the Koran to bring about such a transformation is such that certain verses, for Ruzbihan, announce themselves like birds proclaiming the identity of the divine beloved… The bird’s Koranic proclamation of divinity does not concern some distant king, but is a reminder of intimate presence.

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With thanks to Prof. Ernst, who has published extensively on Ruzbihan Baqli and other related topics.

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