Yusuf and Zulaikha: An Allegorical Romance
I S H K, 1980 - 185 pages
A romantic tale which, as sheer gripping entertainment, bears comparison with the finest in any age or country. Described in the Koran as "the most beautiful of stories," the romance of Yusuf and Zulaikha is a theme to which Eastern poets have constantly returned. Undoubtedly, in Jami's deeply moving and thought-provoking version, it finds its finest expression. Written by the great Sufi poet in 1483 A.D., this masterpiece explores the intimate and many-leveled relationship between love and beauty and portrays erotic and divine love, not as irre-concilable opposites, but as an allegorical continuum.
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