In Arabic, Sufi & Eastern Poetry
Translation & Introduction Paul Smith
Here is a collection of poems from the time of Prophet Mohammed in the 7th century into the 20th century about him and in praise of him by some of the greatest poets writing in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu of all time, most of them Sufis. The Koran itself like the books of most great Spiritual Masters was in poetry as were the sayings of Jesus, Krishna, Rama, Zarathustra. There is an Introduction on Prophecy & Poetry by Hazrat Inayat Khan and on the various forms of poetry used by the poets in this anthology. Included in this anthology are complete translations of the famous three Qasidas of the Prophet's Mantle. THE POETS (In Order of Appearance): Ka'b, Firdausi, Abu Sa'id, Baba Kuhi, Abu Maydan, Nizami, Mu'in-uddin Chishti, Ibn 'Arabi, Rumi, Al-Busiri, Sadi, Shabistari, Yunus Emre, Hafiz, Haydar, Nesimi, Suleyman Chelibi, Shah Ni'matu'llah, Fuzuli, Urfi, Qutub Shah, Makhfi, Hayati, Aatish, Iqbal, Ahmed Shawqi. Pages 274.
COMMENTS ON PAUL SMITH'S TRANSLATION OF HAFIZ'S 'DIVAN'.
"It is not a joke... the English version of ALL the ghazals of Hafiz is a great feat and of paramount importance. I am astonished. If he comes to Iran I will kiss the fingertips that wrote such a masterpiece inspired by the Creator of all." Dr. Mir Mohammad Taghavi (Dr. of Literature) Tehran.
"Superb translations. 99% Hafiz 1% Paul Smith." Ali Akbar Shapurzman, translator from English to Persian and knower of Hafiz's Divan off by heart.
"Smith has probably put together the greatest collection of literary facts and history concerning Hafiz." Daniel Ladinsky (Penguin Books author).
Paul Smith is a poet, author and translator of many books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashtu and other languages including Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, Mahsati, 'Attar, Sana'i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Lalla Ded, Baba Farid, Iqbal, Ghalib and many others and poetry, fiction, biographies and children's books, plays and screenplays.
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