Tales from the Masnavi

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Psychology Press, 1993 - Fiction - 300 pages
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The Masnavi of Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273), a massive poem of some 25,000 rhyming couplets, by common consent ranks among the world's greatest masterpieces of religious literature. The material which makes up the Masnavi is divisible into two different categories: theoretical discussion of the principal themes of Sufi mystical life and doctrine, and stories of fables intended to illustrarte those themes as they arise. This selection of tales is the most accessible introduction to this giant epic for the non-perisan reader.
 

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Contents

Introduction page 11
21
The king and the sick servantgirl 2 3
23
The greengrocer and the parrot
29
The Jewish king and the Christians
31
The lion and the beasts
40
Solomon and the Angel of Death
48
The merchant and the parrot
49
The Bedouin and his wife
53
A vision of the Last
154
J2 The two thieves
155
The Devils debate with Moawiya
157
The Mosque of Opposition
165
The stray camel
168
The old man and the doctor
170
Goha and the orphan
171
The Bedouin and the philosopher
172

The grammarian and the boatman
65
The man who wanted to be tattooed
66
The lion the wolf and the fox
68
The man who said It is I
71
Joseph and the mirror 7 2
72
Harut and Marut reproved
73
The deaf man who visited a sick neighbour
75
The Greek and the Chinese artists
77
Muhammad and the vision of Zaid
79
Ali and the infidel who spat in his face
83
The fall of Adam
88
Omar and the man who thought he saw the new moon
90
The man who stole a snake
91
Jesus and the dead bones
92
The Sufi and his unfaithful servant
94
The king and his falcon
97
The saint and the halwa
98
The Sufis and the dervishs ass
101
The scoundrelly bankrupt and the Kurd
104
The ruined house
107
The man who killed his mother
108
The king and the two slaves page
109
The falcon and the owls
116
The man who tore down a wall
119
The man who let his thornbush grow i 21
121
The baptism of God
123
Dhu lNun in the madhouse
124
Luqmans answer
126
The unbelieving philosopher
128
The coming of Wisdom i 30
130
Moses and the shepherd
132
The prince and the man who swallowed a snake 13 5
135
The blind beggar
137
The man and the bear
138
Galen and the madman
141
A story of Moses
142
The Sufi the Fakih and the Sharif
143
Bayazid and the man who claimed to be the Kaaba
146
The man who married a harlot
148
The saint who feigned to be mad
149
The policeman and the drunkard
152
The miracle of the needles
174
The miracle of the wine
176
The mouse and the camel
178
The miracle of the pearls
180
The Indian tree
182
The men who ate the elephant
184
The prayer that was answered
186
The countryman and the townsman pgc
187
The jackal that pretended to be a peacock
193
The birth of Moses
195
The snakecatcher and the frozen snake
201
Moses and Pharaoh 103
203
The elephant in the dark
208
Noah and Canaan
209
The striker and the stricken
212
The lover and the letter
213
7c David and the man who begged for food
214
J oo 76 The schoolboys who made their teacher think he was ill
222
The prescient goldsmith
226
The hermit who broke his vow
227
The mule and the camel
230
The shaikh who showed no sorrow
231
Buhlul and the dervish
233
The miracles of Daquqi
235
How Jesus fled from a fool
241
The story of the people of Saba
243
The prince and the slave
252
The miracle of the napkin
253
The miracles of the waterskin and of the negro who was made white
254
The miracles of the baby who spoke and of the eagle and the snake
257
The man who asked Moses to teach him the language of beasts and birds
259
The woman whose children died
263
How Hamza in old age went into battle unarmed
264
How Bilal died rejoicing
265
The Virgin Mary and the Archangel
267
The chamberlain of Bukhara
269
Satan and the tribe of Quraish
275
The chickpea in the pot
277
The foal that would not drink
279
The gnat appeals before Solomon 28 5
285
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