By Seyed Ghahreman Safavi

ISBN-10: 1438427956

ISBN-13: 9781438427959

ISBN-10: 1438427964

ISBN-13: 9781438427966

This landmark publication finds the constitution of Rumī’s thirteenth-century vintage, the Mathnawī. A loved choice of 25,000 picturesque, alliterative verses jam-packed with anecdotes and parables on what seem to be loosely attached topics, the Mathnawī provides itself as spontaneous and unplanned. notwithstanding, as Seyed Ghahreman Safavi and Simon Weightman reveal, the paintings has a cosmopolitan layout that intentionally hides the non secular in order that readers, as seekers, need to locate it for themselves—it isn't just approximately non secular education, it really is non secular education. besides an entire synoptic studying of the full of ebook One, the authors offer fabric on Rumī’s lifestyles, his non secular place, and his literary antecedents. Safavi and Weightman have supplied readers, scholars, and students with a beneficial source: the advisor that they wanted that they had had ahead of their very own examining of this nice non secular vintage.

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14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. On Audience to the King [36] On the honor and dignity of this book [43] On the excellence of speech [27] The superiority of poetry to prose [66] Describing the night and cognizing the heart [85] The first seclusion [75] The fruit of the first seclusion [30] The second seclusion [55] The fruit of the second seclusion [46] Contextualizing the Mathnawī 33 Twenty moral and spiritual discourses, each with an exemplary story. 20. On the ending of the book. [28] It will be noticed that there are twenty sections that constitute the introduction and the conclusion of the poem: nineteen as introduction, and one as conclusion.

This requires an active reader, an intelligent seeker, not someone who expects to be entertained passively. The benefit to the reader, however, is considerable, not just in terms of the enhanced memorability deriving from the struggle, but from the potentially transformative effect of the process itself Contextualizing the Mathnawī 35 on him- or herself. ār. There is one particular story that illustrates the point just made. It occurs at the very end of the work. The thirty birds have united with the Sīmurgh, and, after an indefinite period of total Nothingness, they have their individuality restored and are heirs to eternal life.

In each of these three domains, Mawlānā’s prolonged preoccupation with Shams would have created tensions. The hagiographies of Mawlānā, which in some matters are the only extant sources, exaggerate by definition, but they all suggest there were jealousies among both the disciples and some members of the family. There is no doubt that Shams could be severe, demanding, and dismissive, and his expertise was in the spiritual plane and not in social niceties, so he could not have been an easy person to have around.

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