Divine Deviants

The Dialectics of Devotion in the Poetry of Donne and Rūmī

by Manijeh Mannani (Author)
Monographs X, 181 Pages


Divine Deviants is a comparative study of the Persian Sufi poet, Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (1212-1273), and the English Metaphysical poet, John Donne (1572-1631). By focusing on the two schools of thought to which these poets belong as well as their individual poetic worldviews and styles, this book elucidates the different dimensions of the shared philosophy governing their poetry.
Bridging linguistic, cultural, religious, and philosophical barriers, Divine Deviants carefully illustrates that in the works of both Rūmī and Donne love symbolizes Beatific Vision and Truth. More generally, this book highlights the bonds between religion, mysticism, and literature and thus examines not only the interdependent issues in these disciplines, but also the invisible and yet profound closeness that exists in the representative works of the two literary and religious traditions.


X, 181
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. X, 181 pp.

Biographical notes

Manijeh Mannani (Author)

The Author: Manijeh Mannani is Lecturer of Comparative Literature and English Literature at the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton (Canada). She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Alberta. She specializes in the poetry of the English Metaphysical poet, John Donne, and the Persian mystic, Rūmī. She has presented and published papers extensively in her primary and secondary areas of interest including cultural studies.


Title: Divine Deviants