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The Cinema and Divine Love: Sufistic Journeys in the Islamic Cinema


Islamic cinema went into decline after its brilliant period in 1990s, but at the beginning of the 21st Century directors who had felt excluded because of their Islamic identity, began to thematize Divine Love and Islamic mysticism in order to make a more modern and moderate cinema that appeals to the masses. Pathetic-Islamic heroes who use the language of pain are in accord with the Metaphysical-Islamic fiction of the new era. But the directors’ “search for a new style” that includes both intellectuality and the desire to appeal to the masses casts them as tragic and epic heroes. This search is a paradoxical one, because in Islamic mysticism which Islamic directors interpret as a subject of consensus due to the “anxiety of otherness,” the tragic hero cannot survive. Within this frame, this paper is about the reflection of “Divine Love” in Islamic cinema as both a “search” and an “impossibility.”

Keywords: Epic hero, divine love, Islamic cinema, Islamic movies, Islamic fiction, metaphysics, pathetic hero, mysticist journey, tragic hero.