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Rumi - Past and Present, East and West: The Life, Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi


This long awaited paperback edition describes the key events in Rumi's magical life story: his unusual childhood, his relationship with his father, and his intense, though controversial, affection for a wandering dervish.

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This long awaited paperback edition describes the key events in Rumi's magical life story: his unusual childhood, his relationship with his father, and his intense, though controversial, affection for a wandering dervish.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781851683352
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Maps xii
Foreword xiii
Acknowledgments xvi
Notes on Transliteration xviii
Introduction 1
Rumi-mania 1
Room on the Shelf for Another Rumi? 5
A Rumi Background 9
A Rumi View 37
Part I Rumi's Fathers in Spirit
1 Baha al-Din Valad: The King of Clerics 41
The Facts of Life 42
Baha al-Din Valad's Occupation and Status in Life 46
The Valad Family Uprooted 55
From Khorasan to Konya 64
Konya: The King of Clerics Meets the King of Seljuks 71
The Spiritual Life of Baha al-Din Valad 82
The Mythical Baha al-Din 90
Rumi Takes Over 92
2 Sayyed Borhan al-Din Mohaqqeq of Termez 96
Borhan's Writings 96
Borhan's Teachings 98
The Legend of Borhan al-Din 105
Rumi in Syria 109
Borhan Passes the Mantle to Mowlana 114
3 Rumi on His Own 119
Family Life 121
Rumi's Activity and Status in Konya Before Shams 123
Rumi the Revivalist 128
4 Shams al-Din Tabrizi 134
Tabriz: The First House of the Sun 138
The Dawn of Shams 141
The Westward Course of Shams 146
Shams in the Zenith of Konya 154
The Relationship between Shams and Rumi 162
The Eclipse of Shams 175
Murder Most Foul? 185
Rumi in Search of Shams 193
Some of the Teachings of Shams 200
Part II Rumi's Children and Brethren in Spirit
5 From Sun to Son 205
The Successors of Shams 205
The Succession 225
Sultan Valad: Son and Successor to Rumi 230
6 The Mythological Rumi 242
Faridun b. Ahmad Sepahsalar 243
Shams al-Din Ahmad al-Aflaki 249
The Legendary Baha al-Din 253
The Nafahat al-ons of Abd al-Rahman Jami 261
The Tazkerat al-shoara of Dowlatshah 264
Part III The Texts and the Teachings
7 Toward a Biography of Rumi 271
Recapping Rumi's Life 272
Influential Thinkers in Rumi's Neighborhood 285
Rumi's Reading 287
Rumi's Writings 292
Rumi's Poems and their Transmission 295
Orisons in Motion: The Practice of Sama 309
Poetry: Another Way to Preach and Pray 313
Modern Myths and Misunderstandings 317
8 The Poems 327
Persian Poetry 327
Rumi's Telltale Signature 329
Metrics 330
Rhyme and Refrain 332
Fifty Poems 335
9 The Teachings 394
The Question of Form and Content 394
Reason Versus Spirit 400
Spiritual Orientation 404
Inner Meaning 405
Outward Observances 407
Koran and Prophets, Our Guide 407
Saints, Shaykhs and Discipleship 408
The Spiritual Axis Mundi 409
Fatalism, Free Will, Divine Decree 411
Unity of Being 414
Evolution of Spirit 416
Die Before You Die 417
The Importance of Koran 418
Part IV Rumi and the Mevlevis in the Muslim World
10 The Mevlevi Order 423
The Shrine in Konya 427
The Formation of the Order 432
The Chelebis: The First Generations 434
The Later History of the Mevlevis 444
The Diffusion of the Mevleviye and its Relation to Other Orders 454
The Mevlevi Lodges 458
Mevlevi Rituals 461
Republican Repression and Mevlevi Resurgence 464
11 Rumi in the Muslim World 467
Rumi in Literature 467
History of Commentaries on the Masnavi 475
Rumi in Modern Muslim Literature and Thought 482
Rumi as Exponent of Human Liberation in Revolutionary Iran 489
Part V Rumi in the West, Rumi Around the World
12 Rumi Moves into Western Consciousness 499
European Impressions of the Mevlevis 499
Rumi in Nineteenth-Century Western Thought and Theology 506
Sufism and Psychology: Rumi as Rorshach 511
Unchurched Spirituality: Turning to Rumi 513
Modern Mevlevis 520
Sufism in the Mainstream 524
13 A History of Rumi Scholarship 528
Editions and Studies of Rumi 530
Studies of Rumi's Philosophy 536
Rumi in German Scholarship 540
Rumi in French Scholarship 542
Rumi in Rome 546
The Study of Rumi in Turkey 546
The Study of Rumi in Arabic 553
The Study of Rumi in Persian 554
Rumi's Religious Thought 559
Studies of Rumi's Poetics 560
Scholarly Enthusiasms: Rumi Testimonials 563
14 Translations, Transpositions, Renditions, Versions and Inspirations 564
In the Beginning 564
Parlez-vous Rumi? 565
Rumi in German 566
Rumi in the English-Speaking World 569
Rumi Among the Poets 581
How Do you Say "Translation" in Another Language? 594
Aiming for Authenticity 603
Rumi as Muse 610
Rumi Around the World 612
15 Rumi Mirrored in Multimedia 616
Rumi as Lieder: His Poems Set to Music in the West 616
Turning, Turning we Come Out Right: Rumi in Ballet, Modern Dance and Opera 620
The Music of the Mevlevis 622
Reciting Rumi 625
The Real, Original Rumi: Renditions of the Poems in Persian 627
Rumio on Video 637
The Web of Rumi: Rumi on the Internet 638
Designer Dervishes: Rumi and the Mevlevis in Painting 640
Epilogue: The Fruit of Translation 644
Maps 647
References: Abbreviations for Frequently Cited Sources 650
Notes 654
Index 667
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