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L'errance dans l'oeuvre de Meddeb entre islam, soufisme et Occident : lecture d'un interculturel du possible

Abstract : This paper will examine the intercultural link between Islam and the West through the notion of wandering in Abdelwahab Meddeb's work. The correlation between "errance" and interculturality will be explored under three perspectives taken from Meddeb's work: autobiography, writing and tasawwuf. The very author personifies interculturality with his dual-genealogy, Arab-Muslim and Western. His two centers are Ibn 'Arabi and Dante, hence the interest of the autobiographic inscription and the notion of "errance" in his work. This perspective reveals the heterogeneity of this autobiography. Meddeb exhibits the multiple components of his character¤s personality and thereby underlines how the essence of identity evokes mixed origins. Identity is not qualified as monolithic but rather as becoming and moving. The character's cosmopolite genealogy leads to the inscription of "errance" in the writing process. How does the narrative evolve through linguistic, cultural and religious references? Driven by his dual-genealogy, the narrator draws his writing material from his different senses of belonging and references. For instance, the character's porous identity enables us to analyze the evocation of wine at the standpoint of mystic Sufism. A reading of Islam and Sufism will finally be offered in relation with "errance". Precise examples taken from Meddeb's work as well as texts from Sufism and the Koran demonstrate how ¤errance¤ fills the Mahometan religion. From cosmogony to concrete rituals, all seems to converge towards "errance". Therefore built within and around "errance", Islam and Sufism seem particularly adapted to the trial of interculturality
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Zainal-Abidine Rahma. L'errance dans l'oeuvre de Meddeb entre islam, soufisme et Occident : lecture d'un interculturel du possible. Littératures. Université Rennes 2, 2008. Français. ⟨tel-00268244⟩

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