Mystic Language and Symbols Unity of Being and Pakistani Women Fiction Writers Section Articles


Dr. Ambreen Salahuddin


This article explores the concept of unity of being in fiction by Pakistani women writers. The usage of mystic language and depiction of mystical and Sūfi symbols in literature can be traced back to ancient texts. However, it has been deemed alien for women to be Sūfis and have mystic experience, apart from a few exceptions. Indulging in formulating mystical symbols and using mystic language by women has not been perceived as too womanly. The main reason for this is the fact that women’s world-view has been restricted and thus deemed limited. Complete works of fiction by Pakistani women writers writing in Urdu have been explored for this research. There are two steps in sample selection i.e. women fiction writers and their fiction. Women writers are selected on the basis of set criteria. Selection of text is done through theoretical sampling. Women fiction writers have used mystic symbols meaningfully at innumerable places in their works. By the study of these works, it can be concluded that women writers have indulged in using mystical language and symbols and have done it in a crafty manner, though retaining the traditional usage of these symbols and metaphors.


How to Cite
Dr. Ambreen Salahuddin. 2020. “Mystic Language and Symbols”. Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization 10 (1), 170-81.


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