The Masnavi, Book One

Paperback | November 7, 2008

byJalal al-Din RumiTranslated byJawid Mojaddedi

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'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 toconvey 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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'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 c...

Jawid Mojaddedi, Assistant Professor of Religion, Rutgers University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.8 inPublished:November 7, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199552312

ISBN - 13:9780199552313

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`'Mojaddedi's is the most faithful verse translation now available... the reader without Persian comes as close as possible to the original.''PN Review (May -June 2006)