Sunday, December 20, 2009

Kthulu خذولُ

The monstrous being called Kthulu خذولُ . He was considered one of "the Old Ones" (الشيوخ‎ ash-shuyūkh), which is to say that he was one of the terrible Gods/Jinn worshiped by Arab pagans during the Jahiliyyah (جاهلية)

Some scholars identify him with Moloch. However, he is more commonly identified as Shaitan (شيطان ‎): لقد اضلني عن الذكر بعد اذ جاءني وكان الشيطان للانسان خذولا

Some have even suggested that Kthulu is the "soul" of Iram (إرَم) and that Shaddad (شدّاد) was his avatar on earth.

Whatever his ultimate derivation, his worship was surely one of the most degenerate forms of Shirk (شرك‎)

Monday, November 30, 2009

What is this blog?

I'm working a text titled _Alhazret in Cultural Context_ which explorea various literary and cultural influences on the writings of Abd Alhazret (عبد الحضرت Slave of the Presence) also widely known as the Mad Poet (شاعر مجنون). In particular it explores the currents of mystical and magical thought in the Near East during the 8th century .

Pre-Islamic Arab mythology, Early Sufism, Greco-Egyptian magic, Gnosticism, Mesopotamian myth, and fantastical reports from Central Asia were all "in the air" during the Banu Umayyah. The text explores how these impacted Alhazret's thought as reflected in his magnum opus _العزيف_.

This blog will be a place where I post small excerpts of the text (on different topics) as my work proceeds.