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Tombeau of Ibn Arabi and White Traverses

Abdelwahab Meddeb


Abdelwahab Meddeb is concerned with the roots and history of Islam and with crossings, like his own, between Islam and Europe. White Traverses is a poetic memoir about growing up in Tunisia and the contrasts between Islamic and European influences. In it, the intense colors and blinding whites of the Maghreb interweave with the rich traditions of French poetic discourse. In Africa as in Europe, white designates purity. Yet the complex Mediterranean streams of culture that flow together in Tunis problematize this myth. Meddeb captures their white refractions in vignettes that teach us the truth ... More

Keywords: Ibn Arabi, Dante, Islam, Europe, Maghreb, Mediterranean, Tunis, love poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780823231140
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823231140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abdelwahab Meddeb, author

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