Poetry and Mysticism in Islam: The Heritage of Rumi

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Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi was one of the greatest poets and mystics of the Islamic world. He was born in Balkh (Korasan) in 1207 AD and died in Konya (Turkey) in 1273 AD. This book is an examination of his spiritual and literary heritage. As Annemarie Schimmel, the recipient of the Eleventh Giorgio Della Vida Award in Islamic Studies, has written, no other mystic and poet from the Islamic world is as well known in the West as Rumi, and she, more than any Western scholar, is his most celebrated and eloquent interpreter. The scholars whom Professor Schimmel has invited to share in her tribute have all added new dimensions to an understanding of Rumi and to his impact on the Islamic world.

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"...effectively convinces the reader of the aesthetic beauty existent in the writings of Mawlana Jalal al Din Rumi and whets the appetite for more of the lyrical mystic's wisdom." Chris Muehlenberg, Digest of Middle East Studies

"This is a useful addition to the literature on Rumi, especially since most of the articles try in one way or another to deal with topics of relative importance for understanding the poet." Iranian Studies

"Students of Persian mystical poetry will enjoy these individual pieces....careful study of his writings remain timely." John Renard, Journal of the American Oriental Society

"...students and specialists will both benefit from Poetry and Mysticism in Islam . Amir Hussain, MESA Bulletin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521454766
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Levi Della Vida Symposia Series, #11
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Presentation of award to eleventh recipient, Annemarie Schimmel Georges Sabagh; Introduction Amin Banani; l. Mawlana Rumi: yesterday, today and tomorrow Annemarie Schimmel; 2. Rumi the poet Amin Banani; 3. 'Speech is a ship and meaning the sea': some formal aspects of the ghazal poetry of Rumi J. Christoph Burgel; 4. Rumi and wahdat al-wujud William C. Chittick; 5. Rumi and the problems of theodicy: moral imagination and narrative discourse in a story of the Masnavi Hamid Dabashi; 6. Folk tradition in the Masnavi and theMasnavi in folk tradition Margaret Mills; 7. The fortress of forms: Rumi and Galib Victoria Holbrook; Index.

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