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Spiritual Verses
     

Spiritual Verses

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by Rumi, Alan Williams (Translator)
 

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The spiritual masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition in a brilliant new translation

The longest single-authored "mystical" poem ever written, the Masnavi-ye Ma'navi, or "spiritual couplets," is the masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition. Its author, Jalaloddin Rumi, was a poet and mystic of the highest attainment, but he was first and foremost

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The spiritual masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition in a brilliant new translation

The longest single-authored "mystical" poem ever written, the Masnavi-ye Ma'navi, or "spiritual couplets," is the masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition. Its author, Jalaloddin Rumi, was a poet and mystic of the highest attainment, but he was first and foremost a spiritual teacher, and his Masnavi is a ladder to the spiritual world, leading the reader to the ultimate goal of the Sufi path-union with God. Alan Williams's translation into blank verse beautifully conveys the poetry of the original Persian couplets, while his introduction discusses how the modern reader might approach Rumi's writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140447910
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,344,435
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Called 'Jelaluddin Balkhi' by the Persians and Afghans, Rumi was born on September 30, 1207, in Balkh, Afghanistan, then a part of the Persian Empire. He was the greatest mystical poet of Persia, famous for his didactic epic Masnavi-ye Ma'navi (Spiritual Couplets), a treasure-house of Sufi mysticism. Rumi died on December 17, 1273.
 
Alan Williams is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester.

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Spiritual Verses 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
maggieseus More than 1 year ago
Footnotes and cross references are excellent. A good study for understanding the Persian era as an influence on Iran.