By Christopher S. Hyatt
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One is that of the court and its social environment. The other is that of folk religion, where Sufi symbols and those from earlier Indian religious movements (like bhakti), coalesced into new traditions. These traditions are commonly labelled as 'syncretic'. Orthodox 'ulama periodically The Poetics of Religzous Experience 29 castigate them for deviating from true Islamic norms. Thesejudgements, which reject the identity of local Islam, are sometimes internalised by local communities. As a result, apologists, anxious to defend the local traditions against charges of 'un-Islamic' innovation, tend to underplay or rationalise the vernacular as opposed to the Arabo-Persian ingredients of their traditions.
It upholds the claims of personal passion and expression against those of scholastic and theological normativism. Implicit in this is a very important social statement. The story champions the right to speech on the part of the socially marginalised. They are entitled, the story declares, to their own dialect or language-their own culture, as we would nowadays say. It champions the vernacular of the heart against the lingua franca of scholastic theology. And all this is linked together and to the centre of the Mathnawi by the theme of inner authenticity, which gives pride of place to the heart over the tongue.
For this they were punished. However, Ibn al-'Arabi makes the rather subversive point that Noah's insistence on the One at the expense of the many was also one-sided. A total understanding must encompass the One as well as the manifold of its self-disclosure. Hence those famous lines, in which the heart encompasses myriads of forms: My heart has become capable of every form: A meadow for gazelles, a monastery for monks, A house of idols, the Ka'ba for the pilgrim, Tablets of the Torah, the corpus of the Qur'an.
Dogma Daze by Christopher S. Hyatt