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Tales from the Land of the Sufis
     

Tales from the Land of the Sufis

by Mohammad Ali, Mojdeh Bayat
 

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Take a magic carpet ride into the delightful world of Sufi storytelling with these best-loved tales from Persian literature and lore, in which images of madness, passionate love, and self-sacrifice convey the inner experiences of the soul that has surrendered to the Divine Beloved. The tales are retold from the celebrated works of Sufi poets and spiritual masters

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Take a magic carpet ride into the delightful world of Sufi storytelling with these best-loved tales from Persian literature and lore, in which images of madness, passionate love, and self-sacrifice convey the inner experiences of the soul that has surrendered to the Divine Beloved. The tales are retold from the celebrated works of Sufi poets and spiritual masters such as Rumi, Attar, Nizami, and Jami, as well as anecdotes about these famous masters.

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"A wonderful collection . . . useful for cultural and religious understanding, spiritual growth, and literary enjoyment."—Library Journal

"In short, the brilliance of these Persian teachers is exposed by the authors of this superb text."—Publishers Weekly

"I have been hungry for this book, these wonderful stories of Hallaj, Attar, Rumi! Bayat and Jamnia have done a wonderful job."—Coleman Barks, author of Open Secrets: Versions of Rumi

"These lovely stories, culled from Persian sources, will certainly open a way for Western readers into the wide and colorful world of Sufism."—Annemarie Schimmel, author of Mystical Dimensions of Islam

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Spiritual instruction takes on entirely new dimensions when one considers the wisdom of the Sufi tradition; and here Bayat and Jamnia have dramatically increased our knowledge of and access to the teaching stories of the great Persian Sufi masters. To the magical and almost familiar names of Rumi and Kabir, we now can add Hallaj, Abu Sa'id, Fariduddin Attar, Hakim Nazami and Abdul-Raham Jami. We knew Attar, of course, from his Conference of the Birds , but set in this new context of other Sufi voices, his narratives become all the more potent. And while we should be especially grateful for the light flashing from the pages of Nazami's love stories, the authors' translation of the Attar story, ``Sakyh San'an,'' would alone be justification for the entire volume. In short, the brilliance of these Persian teachers is exposed by the authors of this superb text. (June)
Library Journal
Born in Tehran and initiates of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, the authors live in the United States; they are able interpreters of Sufi tradition. They briefly discuss some cultural misunderstandings and provide a short history of Sufism before presenting the life and teachings of six Sufi masters: Hallaj, Abu Sa'id, Fariduddin Attar, Hakim Nizami, Jalaluddi Rumi, and Abdul-Rahman Jami. The book provides a wonderful collection of legends about Hallaj and Abu Sa'id; of teaching tales about relationship to oneself, to other people, and to God; and commentary. The functions of the stories is "to increase mental flexibility" and spur spiritual growth is emphasized throughout. This collection is useful for cultural and religious understanding, spiritual growth, and literary enjoyment. Recommended for all libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570628917
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

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Mojdeh Bayat was born in Tehran and is an initiate of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order. She lives with her husband and two children in Chicago.

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