The Poetry of Shāh Ismā'īl I

  title={The Poetry of Shāh Ismā'īl I},
  author={Vladimir Minorsky},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={1006 - 1029}
  • V. Minorsky
  • Published 1 February 1942
  • Education
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
MY interest in Shāh Ismā'īl's poetry was aroused thirty-six years ago, when from my Ahl-i Ḥaqq friends I learnt that the Khāṭu'ī mentioned in one of their hymns was no lessa person than the founder of the Ṣafavi dynasty: Khatā'ī-dä nāṭiq oldï, Türkistanïn pīri oldï “(Godhead) came to speech in the person of Khatā'ī, (who) became the pīr of the Turks (of Āzarbāyjān)”, according to the explanation given to me. For some time I suspected the Ahl-i Ḥaqq doctrines to be identical with the arcana of… 
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He believes in the reincarnation of the divine substance of 'Ah'. He himself used to abide with God. but now he has appeared in the world
    You said : ' the price of one kiss of mine is one hundred lives,' I wish there were no other customer of this commodity (matd 1 ) but myself
    • donkey-beads (khar-muhra)
    Oculus Dei (or even Deus ipse!), his body is God's house, he commands the Sun and the Moon (No. 204). With more circumlocution, he is " separate from what is not-God
    • He is Agens Absolutus
    The Hallajian formula and'l-Haqq lives in his soul
      Quite particularly Isma'Il insists on the sijda, sujud " obeisance, prostration
        I have entered the bazaar of Love and want a customer. I wish no profit or loss, I need some operations (kirddr) " (56r)
          A man can be a manifestation of Godhead ; Isma'Il is the Adam having put on new clothes
            His names are a thousand, his aspects (sifdt) a million, the day and the night revolve by his order. One of his names is 'Ali
            • He is proclaimed God (Haqq), and those who refuse him this distinction are called unbelievers