TALES OF MYSTIC MEANING

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TALES OF MYSTIC MEANING -(Selections from the Mathnawi of Jalāl-ud-Dīn Rūmī)

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TALES OF MYSTIC MEANING -(Selections from the Mathnawi of Jalāl-ud-Dīn Rūmī)

the great Persian poet and mystic: In Tales of Mystic Meaning, Prof. R. A. Nicholson presents translations of the most important stories from this entertaining work, which draws its inspiration from the rich religious philosophy of the Sufis, and their belief that all things emanate from God and are moving towards ultimate reunion with Him. Belonging to the last period of Riami’s life, the Mathnawi consists of a series of tales that explore the eternal questions of life’s meaning and purpose. Prof. Nicholson’s translation preserves the direct semi-colloquial style of the tales, their lively dialogue and the humorous descriptions of human nature in which they abound. Rilmi’s moral and mystical teaching lends itself to universal application and displays with a light touch the wisdom that never plays on the surface without contemplating the hidden depths beneath. Nicholson combined exact scholarship with notable literary gifts coupled with deep understanding of Islam and of the Muslim peoples. Some of his versions of Arabic and Persian poetry entitle him to be considered a poet in his own right.

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Reynold A. Nicholson

Reynold A. Nicholson (1868-1945) was an English Orientalist who exercised a lasting influence on Islamic studies. Educated at Aberdeen University and Cambridge, Nicholson was a lecturer in Persian (1902-26) and Sir Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic (1926-33) at Cambridge. He was a leading scholar in the fields of Islamic literature and mysticism. His Literary History of the Arabs (1907) remains the standard work on that subject in English, while his many text editions and translations of Sufi writings culminating in his eight-volume Mathnawi of Ja15.1 al-Din Iturni (1925-40), eminently advanced the study of Muslim mystics. He combined exact scholarship with notable literary gifts; some of his versions of Arabic and Persian poetry entitle him to be considered a poet in his own right. His deep understanding of Islam and of the Muslim peoples was all the more remarkable in that he never travelled outside Europe. A shy and retiring man, he proved himself an inspiring teacher and an original thinker.

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  • Package Size: 25cm x 32cm x 5cm (9.84in x 12.60in x 1.97in)
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