Parsifal as pure religion itself - Islam
'There is, I believe, an important link between early Christianity and Sufism. When I read of the Desert Fathers and when I meet Sufis they seem to occupy much of the same position. The Sufis are, of course, a bit outside the mainstream of Islam. The one thing that particularly interests me is the image of the holy fool who, although no longer a stock figure in Christianity, is still important in Sufism. I am wondering to what degree Sufism might have been drawn from early Christianity.That passage from Marius Kociejowski's The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool resonates with my 2012 post which asked Was Wagner a Sufi? But it resonates even more strongly with the provocative view of the radical Muslim teacher and author Ian Dallas (aka Abdalqadir as-Sufi) that in the final act of Parsifal the white dove which descends and hovers over Parsifal - the holy fool - is...
"a symbol of peace which in Arabic bears the same root 'S-L-M' as pure religion itself, Islam... And so, the Grail was nothing other than the Black Stone of the Ka'aba, the central shrine of the world's last religion, purified judaeo-christianity, Islam.My header image shows the first act of the new Royal Opera House production of Parsifal and below is the image of the Ka'aba that I used in my July 2013 post about Ian Dallas' contentious Islamic interpretation of Wagner. Predictably, media coverage of the new ROH Parsifal dwells on Wagner's anti-Semitism and Buddhism, but misses director Stephen Langridge's tantalising visual hint.
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