Rumi's Mystical Design: Reading the Mathnawi, Book One

Rumi's Mystical Design: Reading the Mathnawi, Book One

by Seyed Ghahreman Safavi, Simon Weightman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438427956

ISBN-13: 9781438427959

Pub. Date: 10/08/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Reveals the sophisticated design of Rumī’s Mathnawī, showing that this seemingly unstructured work both describes and functions as spiritual training.

This landmark book reveals the structure of Rumī’s thirteenth-century classic, the Mathnawī. A beloved collection of 25,000 picturesque, alliterative verses full of anecdotes and

Overview

Reveals the sophisticated design of Rumī’s Mathnawī, showing that this seemingly unstructured work both describes and functions as spiritual training.

This landmark book reveals the structure of Rumī’s thirteenth-century classic, the Mathnawī. A beloved collection of 25,000 picturesque, alliterative verses full of anecdotes and parables on what appear to be loosely connected themes, the Mathnawī presents itself as spontaneous and unplanned. However, as Seyed Ghahreman Safavi and Simon Weightman demonstrate, the work has a sophisticated design that deliberately hides the spiritual so that readers, as seekers, have to find it for themselves—it is not only about spiritual training, it is spiritual training. Along with a full synoptic reading of the whole of Book One, the authors provide material on Rumī’s life, his religious position, and his literary antecedents. Safavi and Weightman have provided readers, students, and scholars with a valuable resource: the guide that they wished they had had prior to their own reading of this great spiritual classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438427959
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/08/2009
Series:
SUNY series in Islam Series
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Preface

Introduction

1. Contextualizing the Mathnawī

Mawlānā’s Life—An Outline
Mawlānā’s Religious Outlook
Mawlānā’s Literary Antecedents

2. Reading the Mathnawī

The Mathnawī as Given
The Question of Structure
Some Further Considerations
Synoptic Reading and the Principles of Parallelism and Chiasmus
Rhetorical Latency
Two Iranian Exemplars
The Synoptic Reading of Book One of the Mathnawī

3. A Synoptic Reading of Book One of the Mathnawī

4. Book One as a Whole and as a Part

The Synoptic Analysis of Book One as a Whole
The Rationale of Book One as a Whole
The Linear and the Nonlinear Ordering of Book One
Book One as a Part

5. Conclusion

How Mawlānā Composed the Mathnawī
Mawlānā’s Hidden Organization as the Writer’s Plan
Th e Design of the Mathnawī
Finale

Notes
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Index

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