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Love: Premodern Discourses: Rindu (Longing)
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Premodern Sufi discourses of love have influenced modern twentieth-century poets in the Malay-Indonesian-Philippine archipelago whose writing in turn resonates in everyday life throughout the archipelago.

The language and ideas of modern “Sufi” poets such as Chairil Anwar (1922–49) and Amir Hamzah (1911–46) are thought to be informed particularly by the famous Acehnese Sufi poet Hamzah Fansuri who wrote in the premodern era. Though Sufism was somewhat discouraged in the archipelago because of its focus on asceticism, th…

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Hilsdon, Anne-Marie, “Love: Premodern Discourses: Rindu (Longing)”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 September 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0181b>
First published online: 2009

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