Leili O Majnun: A Transcendental Influence on Literature
15 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2021 Last revised: 16 Aug 2021
Date Written: April 9, 2021
The story of Majnun Layla stands out as an epic symbol of universal love that has travelled across several centuries through one or its other version. Majnun Layla has not only fascinated lovers, but it also portrays the idea of virgin love in an ethereal way which is unique, given it never resulted in carnal consumption. Everyone loves the idea of love but does anyone ever fall in love with madness? How can madness be dissected and romanticized? These spiritual questions, once proposed by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi in his narrative poem Leili o Majnun have been revisited in several platforms like literary texts, movies, plays across the world. This frequent revisitation and their several versions made this evergreen folk tale, a timeless work and will continue to do so.
Keywords: spirituality, mysticism, romance, anecdotes, origin, allusions, imitations, medieval, renaissance
JEL Classification: Y93, Y70
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