Death before Dying: The Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu by Sultan BahuDeath before Dying: The Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu by Sultan Bahu

Death before Dying: The Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu

bySultan BahuEditorJamal J. EliasTranslated byJamal J. Elias

Paperback | April 1, 1998

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These 115 poems introduce readers in English to Sultan Bahu (d. 1691), a Sufi mystical poet who continues to be one of the most beloved writers in Punjabi. Bahu, whose name translates as "With God," remains highly popular in Pakistan and India today—even illiterate Punjabis can recite his poetry by heart.
Title:Death before Dying: The Sufi Poems of Sultan BahuFormat:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520212428

ISBN - 13:9780520212428

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These 115 poems introduce readers in English to Sultan Bahu (d. 1691), a Sufi mystical poet who continues to be one of the most beloved writers in Punjabi. Bahu, whose name translates as "With God", remains highly popular in Pakistan and India today -- even illiterate Punjabis can recite his poetry by heart.Jamal J. Elias's translation of Bahu's famous work, the Abyat, is the first to appear in English outside South Asia. It offers a rare glimpse into the Sufi mystical tradition and the religious lives of rural Muslims during the period of the Mughal Empire. With its emphasis on unrestricted devotion to God, and its skepticism toward the legalistic, institutionalized elements of organized religion, Bahu's poetry embodies many characteristic elements of the mystical tradition.Translations of the poems are presented alongside the Punjabi script and offer a masterful exploration of a significant but largely neglected South Asian literary tradition. Death Before Dying also illustrates the great diversity of Islamic cultural voices throughout the world."With t

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"Jamal Elias has done a great service to those with an interest in poetry, in translation, and in the mystical by producing this volume. . . . A splendid guide to the poetry of Sultan Bahu, and to a Sufi poetry that continues to electrify."--"Parabola