Rumi : The Masnavi, Book IV,
*[A5] Paperback - 276 pages,
by Jalal al-Din Rumi
A New Translation by Jawid Mojaddedi.
Oxford World's Classics Series.
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Rumi (Hazrat Mawlana Rume, may Allah be pleased with him
) is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi
is his masterpiece. Divided into six books and consisting of some
26,000 verses, the poem was designed to convey a message of divine love
and unity to the disciples of Rumi's Sufi order, known today as the
'Whirling Dervishes.' Book Four
has a special focus on the mystical knowledge of the spiritual guide, elaborated through stories such as Solomon's inspiration to the Queen of Sheba, and animal fables.
This is the first complete verse translation of Book Four
of the Masnavi
. It follows the original by presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets.
is the greatest work by the Persian mystic Rumi,widely recognised as
the greatest Sufi poem ever written, and often referred to as 'the
Qur'an in Persian'. The translation is based on the best
critical edition of the original text, which is in turn based on the
most authentic manuscripts. The accompanying introduction and notes make this the ideal introduction to Rumi for the non-specialist reader.
This is the sequel to Jawid Mojaddedi's
translations of Book One (2004) and Book Two (2007), Book Three (2013). Book One was the
winner of the Lois Roth Prize from the American Institute of Iranian
'Joking is teaching, so take care to listen -
Don't look at just the joke's form of expression.
To jesters every serious thing's hilarious,
While to the wise hilarious jokes are serious'
Readership : Readers
of classic poetry and those interested in Islam; students of Islam,
Persian, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and Comparative Literature;
anyone interested in Rumi, Sufism, Islamic History and Literature. New
Age enthusiasts of
---Rumi The Masnavi Book 1
---Rumi The Masnavi Book 2
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi, may Allah be pleased with him, [d.1207 - 1273 CE]
The prominent Persian language poet, thinker and spiritual master, Hazrat Mevlana Jalal al-Din Balkhi-Rumi 'alayhir rahman, was
born on the 30th of September 1207 [Common Era] (6th Rabi ul Awwal
604H) in Balkh, presently Afghanistan. He lived almost all of his life
in Konya, presently Turkey, and died there in 1273CE. Hazrat Mevlana 'alayhir rahman, remains one of the greatest poet, philosopher, thinker and scholar of Islamic civilisation.
most significant and turning point in Mevlana's life is his encounter
in 1244 with the wandering mystic dervish Shams a'l-Din of Tabriz, May Allah be pleased with him.
Thence forward, Mevlana was a changed man, his devotion to his
inspiring master Shams a'l-Din entirely cut him off from his disciples.
Because of abuse and threats from the jealous disciples Shams a'l-Din
took refuge twice in Damascus, and in 1247 Shams a'l-Din vanished, and
it is believed Mevlana's disciples had plotted to kill him. Mevlana
declared that one of his greatest works, the Divan (di'wan), consisting
of approximately sixty thousand couplets and one million distiches,
was inspired by Shams a'l-Din since Mevlana identified himself with
his muse. His other great work, the Mathnawi (Mesnev-i Me'nevi),
divided into six books and containing a total of over twenty five
thousand couplets record several hundred stories, extracts from the
Noble Qur'an, stories about wandering dervishes, biblical stories, all
with allegorical and philosophical content.
Mawlana Rume, rahmatullahi ta'ala 'alayhi
passed away in the year 672 Hijri [1273 Common Era] and his mausoleum
in Konya attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year from all
corners of the globe.
*Dimensions : 19.7 x 12.6cm.