SPIRITUALITY IN MODERN LITERATURE: KAHLIL GIBRAN AND THE SPIRITUAL QUEST

  • Homam Altabaa

Abstract

This study explores the various mystical aspects that encompassGibran’s creative works in English and Arabic. It presents anoverview of theistic mysticism followed by an examination of themystical themes represented by Gibran such as Truth, Perfect DivineBeing, mystic path, and spiritual morality with analogies fromIslamic and Christian mysticism. The study finds that Gibran adoptedmysticism as a universal answer to questions about the meaning oflife and as a path that seeks to elevate man into a world of spiritualand moral perfection. Gibran uses a prophetic voice to guide the soulfrom its transcendental origin through a journey of purification,gnosis, and love to reach mystical unity with God. The study showsthat the mystical element is the link that unifies his Arabic andEnglish works, and propels them to enduring literary and popularsuccess across cultures. In this, he places himself as a writer in atraditional context of mysticism, taking the esoteric heart andspiritual core of all religions to be one. Additionally, the moralvalues promoted by Gibran are based on his mystical outlook and hisconception of a just and loving God.
Published
2018-01-23
How to Cite
ALTABAA, Homam. SPIRITUALITY IN MODERN LITERATURE: KAHLIL GIBRAN AND THE SPIRITUAL QUEST. Al-Shajarah: Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), [S.l.], v. 22, n. 2, p. 215-236, jan. 2018. ISSN 1394-6870. Available at: <http://journals.iium.edu.my/shajarah/index.php/shaj/article/view/561>. Date accessed: 22 feb. 2018.
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