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Rumi and Islam : Selections from His Poems Sayings and Discourses - Annotated & Explained - Jelaluddin Rumi

Rumi and Islam

Selections from His Poems Sayings and Discourses - Annotated & Explained

By: Jelaluddin Rumi, Ibrahim Gamard (Translator)

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The lyric and wisdom poetry of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi has been an inspiration throughout the Middle East and Asia for over seven hundred years. Recently it has, also, become popular in Western countries through translations and interpretive poetic versions in English. But while popular renderings have created the appreciation of Rumi the mystic, there is little understanding today of the religious and spiritual traditions from which the great mystic came. Rumi And Islam examines not the popularised Rumi of universal love but the Sufi disciple whose works express deep reverence for the Prophet Muhammad. Ibrahim Gamard focuses on Rumi's place within the Sufi tradition of Islam, as one of the greatest Muslim followers of the Prophet Muhammad and on the Islamic foundations of his lover-Beloved mystical poetry. By probing verse by verse Rumi's spiritual teachings, Gamard provides insight into the mystical side of the Qur'an and Islam, a religion that holds a deep love of God at its core. Now you can experience the profound and uplifting wisdom of Rumi even if you have no previous knowledge of Sufism or Islam. This SkyLight Illuminations edition presents the most important of Rumi's writings, mainly from the Mathnawi, with insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that conveys how his teachings about the nature of love for God and God's love for us can increase our understanding of Islamic wisdom in the West.

"Dr. Ibrahim Gamard, after painstaking research from classical Persian texts, has masterfully managed to assemble wonderful summaries, quotations, and a wealth of important information in one book. This work will shatter some old myths and bring new light to the subject." Ravan Farhadi, former professor of history of Persian classics, University of California at Berkeley; ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations

An excellent introductory return to the source for readers already fascinated with the poet. Library Journal"


"Dr. Ibrahim Gamard, after painstaking research from classical Persian texts, has masterfully managed to assemble wonderful summaries, quotations, and a wealth of important information in one book. This work will shatter some old myths and bring new light to the subject."
--Ravan Farhadi, former professor of history of Persian classics, University of California at Berkeley; ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations

"An excellent introductory return to the source for readers already fascinated with the poet."
--Library Journal

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Stories of the Prophet
Warfarep. 3
The Captivesp. 7
Hilalp. 13
The Sick Onep. 21
Bilalp. 41
The Water Carrierp. 45
The Greedy Paganp. 57
The Blind Onep. 75
The Arrival of the Caravanp. 79
The Groaning Pillarp. 83
Ayishap. 87
Zaydp. 93
Sayings of the Prophet
Prayer and Guidancep. 111
Self-Denial and Ego-Deathp. 123
Divine Sayingsp. 131
Praises of the Prophet
Affirmations and Blessingsp. 137
Praises and Virtuesp. 143
Love and Closeness with Godp. 151
The Seal of the Prophetsp. 157
The Night Journey, the Cave, and the Pillarp. 167
Prayer and Pilgrimagep. 173
The Light of Muhammad and Intercessionp. 177
Death and Resurrectionp. 183
Notesp. 186
Glossaryp. 193
Suggested Readings and Resourcesp. 198
Index of Passages in Rumi's Worksp. 201
Acknowledgmentsp. 206
About SkyLight Pathsp. 207
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ISBN: 9781594730023
ISBN-10: 1594730024
Series: Skylight Illuminations
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st February 2004
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.29