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Annual General Meeting

Oxford, UK – 24th November, 2018

The Society's AGM will be held at the Friends Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, Oxford at 2.00 pm on Saturday 24th November. All are welcome.

Our speaker this year is Dr Rim Feriani. Her talk will be entitled:

"Ibn Arabi and Contemporary Literature in Dialogue"

AGENDA

2.00 pm Meeting
3.30 pm Tea
4.15 pm Talk by Rim Feriani, followed by discussion

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About the Speaker

rim-feriani

Rim Feriani is a Lecturer in Arabic language at King's College, London. She has previously taught Arabic language and cultural studies at the University of Westminster where she completed her doctoral studies in 2016. Her doctoral thesis provides a hermeneutic reading of the concept of the Sacred in a selection of Postcolonial and Maghrebian texts. The originality of her thesis consists in exploring the symbolic as well as the ontological interplay between the literary texts of Tahar Ben Jelloun, Assia Djebar and Salman Rushdie and the Sufi Islamic heritage. Her main research interests are Sufi philosophy and Islamic tradition, Maghrebian and Postcolonial literatures, and modern philosophical hermeneutics. Her publications include "Sufi Symbols of the Sacred in L'Enfant de sable" in The Maghreb Review and "Reading Signs and Symbols with Abdelkhébir Khatibi: From the Body to the Text" in Abdelkébir Khatibi: Postcolonialism, Transnationalism and Culture in the Maghreb and Beyond.

Abstract of the talk

In The Study of Literature and Religion, David Jasper (1992: 28) describes the relationship between literature and religion as "unstable and fertile, uncertain and living". In this sense, Jasper stresses the idea that literature and religion are far from being two opposite fields of study, instead they yield themselves to a creative interplay. Taking Jasper's observation as my point of departure, I examine in this paper the "unstable" yet "fertile" interaction between two selected texts by Assia Djebar and Tahar Ben Jelloun and the Sufi Islamic heritage. I draw from the Sufi philosophy of Ibn 'Arabi since locating this paper within a Sufi conceptual and philosophical framework is essential, given the Islamic tradition with which, as I argue, the two writers creatively engage. My reading examines the Sufi and symbolic dimensions of the journeys of two fictional characters, Isma in Djebar's So Vast the Prison and Ahmed/Zahra in Ben Jelloun's The Sand Child. In So Vast the Prison, I demonstrate that Isma's quest for her Beloved parallels the Sufi experience of inner openings whereby her heart witnesses visions of a hidden realm. In a similar vein, I explore the ways in which Ahmed/Zahra crosses seven stages seeking what Ibn Arabi refers to in his works as 'The Hidden Treasure'.