The Masnavi, Book One

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Oxford University Press, UK, Nov 11, 2004 - Poetry - 304 pages
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Rumi's Masnavi is widely recognized as the greatest Sufi poem ever written, and is sometimes called 'the Koran in Persian'. The thirteenth-century Muslim mystic Rumi composed his work for the benefit of his disciples in the Sufi order named after him, better known as the whirling dervishes .In order to convey his message of divine love and unity he threaded together entertaining stories and penetrating homilies. Jawid Mojaddedi's sparkling new unabridged verse translation of Book One follows the original in presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets. - ;'The pen would smoothly write the things it knew But when it came to love it split in two, A donkey stuck in mud is logic's fate - Love's nature only love can demonstrate.' Rumi's Masnavi is widely recognized as the greatest Sufi poem ever written, and has been called 'the Koran in Persian'. The thirteenth-century Muslim mystic Rumi composed his work for the benefit of his disciples in the Sufi order named after him, better known as the whirling dervishes. In order to convey his message of divine love and unity he threaded together entertaining stories and penetrating homilies. Drawing from folk tales as well as sacred history, Rumi's poem is often funny as well as spiritually profound. Jawid Mojaddedi's sparkling new verse translation of Book One is consistent with the aims of the original work in presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets. -

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User Review  - Furhan - Goodreads

This is by far the best Rumi translation out there. It has been translated by Mujaddedi into eloquent English and transports the reader into the wonderful, colourful and fantastic world of Rumi's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Said - Goodreads

This must be the most authentic English translation available of Rumi's masterpiece. It is evident that the author has a vast knowledge of Islamic literature and Sufism. What amazed me the most was ... Read full review

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Jawid J. Mojaddedi is Assistant Professor of Religion at Rutgers University.

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