Hallaj: A book talk with Dr. Carl Ernst
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Join DISC in welcoming Dr. Carl Ernst to campus as he speaks on his latest work, Hallaj: Poems of a Sufi Martyr in Carpenter Conference Room, Rubenstein Library Rm 249. "Hallaj is the first authoritative translation of the Arabic poetry of Husayn ibn Mansur al-Hallaj, an early Sufi mystic. Despite his execution in Baghdad in 922 and the subsequent suppression of his work, Hallaj left an enduring literary and spiritual legacy that continues to inspire readers around the world. In Hallaj, Carl W. Ernst offers a definitive collection of 117 of Hallaj's poems expertly translated for contemporary readers interested in Middle Eastern and Sufi poetry and spirituality. Ernst's fresh and direct translations reveal Hallaj's wide range of themes and genres, from courtly love poems to metaphysical reflections on union with God. In a fascinating introduction, Ernst traces Hallaj's dramatic story within classical Islamic civilization and early Arabic Sufi poetry. Setting himself apart by revealing Sufi secrets to the world, Hallaj was both celebrated and condemned for declaring: "I am the Truth."