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Spiritual Grammar: Genre and the Saintly Subject in Islam and Christianity

F. Dominic Longo


“Spiritual grammar” is a term coined to identify a genre of religious literature that until now has not been recognized as such. The salient characteristic of this genre is that it makes constant references to the grammatical structures of language as a metaphor for how the self is structurally embedded in spiritual reality. In Spiritual Grammar, two medieval religious texts serve as the main examples of this genre, namely, The Grammar of Hearts (Naḥw al-qulūb) by the great Sufi shaykh and Islamic scholar ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Qushayrī (d. 1074) and Moralized Grammar (Donatus moralizatus) by Christ ... More

Keywords: al-Qushayrī, ʿAbd al-Karīm, comparative theology, Donatus moralizatus, Gerson, Jean, literary genres – Christian, literary genres – Islamic, Naḥw al-qulūb, queer theology, spiritual grammar, theology – grammar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823275724
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F. Dominic Longo, author
University of St. Thomas