In Speechless Ecstasy

In Speechless Ecstasy

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Seppälä, Serafim
In Speechless Ecstasy. Expression and Interpretation of Mystical Experience in Classical Syriac and Sufi Literature
Finnish Oriental Society
Studia Orientalia 98
Vammala 2003, vii + 341 pp.


The purpose of this study is to undertake a systematic survey of the different constituents of ecstatic readings in Syriac ascetic literature, including the process of expression and interpretation, and to present this together with a corresponding analysis of classical Sufism as it is manifested in its authoritative literature, and finally, to make concluding remarks concerning common features and differences between the traditions.The concept of mystical experience is employed in the broad sense, covering the concepts of "ecstasy" and "trance".


ISBN 951-9380-58-2
ISSN 0039-3282