The Story of Layla and Majnun
The story of Layla and Majnun is the classic Islamic story of doomed love. The young Bedouin poet Qays fell in love with Layla, a woman of his own tribe, and wrote her many celebrated love poems. When his father forbade the marriage, Qays went mad and began to wander the desert (Majnun is Arabic for 'madman'). Five centuries later, the Persian author Nezami wrote what is generally regarded as the finest version of their story, presented here in a new English translation.
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Majnum and Layla is a great book for all Lovers of Love.
I bought the book because I am in search of the meaning of divine love. Layla and Majnum both represent the Lover and the Beloved. These two souls are seperated by their tribes. They are forbidden to be together which drives Majnum into madness. He becomes a madman living in the wilderness amoungst the wild beast whom become his companion. Layla is forced to marry a man of her father's choosing. In silence she suffers and longs for Majnum. Majnum goes into a lovers state of drukenness and composes beautiful poetry for his Beloved. Others begin to hear the rantings of the insane Majnum and his words touch their hearts.
It is a tragic love story in that the two lovers are never able to satisfy their hunger for each other in this world. Both families also suffer because of the lovers. There is bloodshed and war within Layla's villiage. She remains chaste until death for her Majnum. Her purity and his virgin soul unite the two lovers in death for all of eternity.
This is a great book and one can draw upon its wisdom.
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The greatest love story because nothing is conceded to the convential outlook. Majnun is the archtype of the true lover. Read full review
How the Story Began
Qays and Layla meet
The Lovers are separated
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