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


Reveals the sophisticated design of Ruµmiµ’s Mathnawiµ, showing that this seemingly unstructured work both describes and functions as spiritual training.
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Reveals the sophisticated design of Ruµmiµ’s Mathnawiµ, showing that this seemingly unstructured work both describes and functions as spiritual training.
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“This is possibly the best explanation of the significance of the entire work ever written, certainly so in English. The authors bring out dimensions of the ornate and sophisticated structure of the Mathnawiµ, of which other authors have had at best only inklings.” — William C. Chittick, author of The Sufi Doctrine of Ruµmiµ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438427966
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2009
  • Series: SUNY series in Islam
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Seyed Ghahreman Safavi is Research Associate of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London, and Director of the London Academy of Iranian Studies. He is the author of The Structure of Ruµmiµ’s Mathnawiµ: New Interpretation of the Mathnawiµ as a Book for Love and Peace.

. Simon Weightman is Former Head of the Department of the Study of Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London. He is the coauthor (with Rupert Snell) of Hindi.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr


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

Select Bibliography

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