By Mason, Herbert I.W.
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Despite the 'Abbasid-Samanid alliance and their common Sunnite tradition, it is tempting to compound the intensity of Hamid's intriguing, beyond simple greed, with the recurring Middle Eastern subtext of Arab versus Persian ethnocentricity, particularly in light of the fact that the 4th/10th century would see the political and cultural eclipse of the 'Abbasid Caliphate and its patronage of virtually all but the Arabic religious sciences by the ascension of Persian dynasties and the dynamic flowering of New Persian literature.
To resolve our uncomfortable dilemma we look to the authorities that issued the condemnation, and laugh a little in relief from the terror that it could ever happen to oneself. One is protected at last from oneself by authority, serving in the Community of Islam's name, that puts such a heretic and public enemy to death. Only God the Merciful the Compassionate truly knows and provides. " and threw a rose at the guest's heart, at the bleeding Husayn ibn Mansur who read hearts. We are hosts as humans to our guests, we are not gibbets.
For their heirs and for most traditionalists over the centuries he also became a legend proving the wisdom of the forbidden. For both enthusiastic supporters and prudent rejectors of the way of a Hallaj the death itself was thus the doorway to myth. And Husayn ibn Mansur "alHalliij' has this remarkable transhistoric power of myth to stir deep emotion and imagination in an entire culture and beyond. The Resurfacing of His Life and its Repeated impact 37 For the folk so-called his mythic power and the legend of his life come in the form of consolations through retellings of his sufferings: consolations to victims of injustice or disease or mothers in the pains of childbirth or barren women yearning to give birth to a "saint of love" like Hallaj.