All the King's Falcons: Rumi on Prophets and Revelation

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Reviews the Islamic conception of revelation through prophets as articulated by the revered Sufi mystic and poet Jalal al-Din Rumi (AD 1207-73). Argues that he accepted the prophets, from Adam to Muhammad, as historical people who lived and died, but also believed that the stories and images of them are a method by which the divine message is communicated to humans. All the quotations are in English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791422229
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents



One · Rumi in the History of Islamic Prophetology

Qur'anic Prophetology

Historical Prophetology

Philosophical Prophetology

Theological Prophetology

Theosophical Prophetology

Mystical Prophetology

Two · Flight of the Royal Falcons: The Dynamics of Prophetic Revelation

The Falcon on the Minaret: Prophets in the World

The Call of the Falcon Drum: The Nature of Revelation

To the Forearm of the King: Functions in Relation to God and Believer

Three · Abraham and Sons

Abraham the Man of Faith

Abraham the Prophet

Abraham the Exemplar

Four · Joseph and His Family

Beauty and Beast

Pit and Prison

Shirt and Scent

Light and Dream

Five · Moses and Company

Birth and Infancy

First Encounter with God

Moses and Pharaoh

Khizr the Prophet and Guide

Six · Jesus and the Other Gospel Figures

Zacharia and John



Theological Dimensions

Seven · The Muhammad of History

Muhammad's Personal History

Muhammad's Personality and Teachings

Eight · The Ahmad of Faith

The Prophet's Relationship with God

Proof of Muhammad's Prophethood

Ahmad's Prophetic Attributes


Appendix: Other Prophets in Rumi's Work



Selected Bibliography

Index of Qur'anic Citations


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