This cultural analysis of the ‘feminine’ madness narrative in Al Naisabouri’s Sane Madmen explores the subtleties of the writer’s narrative strategy that used madness as a vehicle to conceal a sublime mystical truth in order to evade political and sectarian oppression at a time where the authorities were keen on eradicating Sufism as an ideology and a creed. The writer exquisitely imbued the text with informative subtexts that are interrelated with external cultural contexts to form a distinct rhetorical mouthpiece for Al Naisabouri, who advocated Sufism against all oppressive powers. In dissecting the nuances of the text in terms of connotations and narrative line, it transpired that “feminine” madness narratives extend in real and imaginary spheres to forward the Sufi message, which seems to be so compellingly powerful and superior to any other discourse
Daad Rashrash Alnaser *
Cultural analysis, madness, Sufism.