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Tales from the Masnavi - A. J. Arberry

Paperback Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780700702732
Number Of Pages: 304

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The Masnavi of Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273), a massive poem of some 25,000 rhyming couplets, by common consent ranks among the world's greatest masterpieces of religious literature. The material which makes up the Masnavi is divisible into two different categories: theoretical discussion of the principal themes of Sufi mystical life and doctrine, and stories of fables intended to illustrarte those themes as they arise. This selection of tales is the most accessible introduction to this giant epic for the non-perisan reader.

Introductionp. 11
The lament of the reed-flutep. 21
The king and the sick servant-girlp. 23
The greengrocer and the parrotp. 29
The Jewish king and the Christiansp. 31
The lion and the beastsp. 40
Solomon and the Angel of Deathp. 48
The merchant and the parrotp. 49
The Bedouin and his wifep. 53
The grammarian and the boatmanp. 65
The man who wanted to be tattooedp. 66
The lion, the wolf and the foxp. 68
The man who said 'It is I'p. 71
Joseph and the mirrorp. 72
Harut and Marut reprovedp. 73
The deaf man who visited a sick neighbourp. 75
The Greek and the Chinese artistsp. 77
Muhammad and the vision of Zaidp. 79
The fire that consumed Medinap. 82
Ali and the infidel who spat in his facep. 83
The fall of Adamp. 88
Omar and the man who thought he saw the new moonp. 90
The man who stole a snakep. 91
Jesus and the dead bonesp. 92
The Sufi and his unfaithful servantp. 94
The king and his falconp. 97
The saint and the halwap. 98
The Sufis and the dervish's assp. 101
The scoundrelly bankrupt and the Kurdp. 104
The ruined housep. 107
The man who killed his motherp. 108
The king and the two slavesp. 109
The falcon and the owlsp. 116
The man who tore down a wallp. 119
The man who let his thornbush growp. 121
The baptism of Godp. 123
Dhu 'l-Nun in the madhousep. 124
Luqman's answerp. 126
The unbelieving philosopherp. 128
The coming of Wisdomp. 130
Moses and the shepherdp. 132
The prince and the man who swallowed a snakep. 135
The blind beggarp. 137
The man and the bearp. 138
Galen and the madmanp. 141
A story of Mosesp. 142
The Sufi, the Fakih and the Sharifp. 143
Bayazid and the man who claimed to be the Kaabap. 146
The man who married a harlotp. 148
The saint who feigned to be madp. 149
The policeman and the drunkardp. 152
A vision of the Last Dayp. 154
The two thievesp. 155
The Devil's debate with Moawiyap. 157
The Mosque of Oppositionp. 165
The stray camelp. 168
The old man and the doctorp. 170
Goha and the orphanp. 171
The Bedouin and the philosopherp. 172
The miracle of the needlesp. 174
The miracle of the winep. 176
The mouse and the camelp. 178
The miracle of the pearlsp. 180
The Indian treep. 182
The men who ate the elephantp. 184
The prayer that was answeredp. 186
The countryman and the townsmanp. 187
The jackal that pretended to be a peacockp. 193
The birth of Mosesp. 195
The snake-catcher and the frozen snakep. 201
Moses and Pharaohp. 203
The elephant in the darkp. 208
Noah and Canaanp. 209
The striker and the strickenp. 212
The lover and the letterp. 213
David and the man who begged for foodp. 214
The schoolboys who made their teacher think he was illp. 222
The prescient goldsmithp. 226
The hermit who broke his vowp. 227
The mule and the camelp. 230
The shaikh who showed no sorrowp. 231
Buhlul and the dervishp. 233
The miracles of Daquqip. 235
How Jesus fled from a foolp. 241
The story of the people of Sabap. 243
The prince and the slavep. 252
The miracle of the napkinp. 253
The miracles of the water-skin and of the negro who was made whitep. 254
The miracles of the baby who spoke and of the eagle and the snakep. 257
The man who asked Moses to teach him the language of beasts and birdsp. 259
The woman whose children diedp. 263
How Hamza in old age went into battle unarmedp. 264
How Bilal died rejoicingp. 265
The Virgin Mary and the Archangelp. 267
The chamberlain of Bukharap. 269
Satan and the tribe of Quraishp. 275
The chickpea in the potp. 277
The foal that would not drinkp. 279
The guest in the enchanted mosquep. 280
The elements converse with the bodyp. 284
The gnat appeals before Solomonp. 285
Notesp. 287
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ISBN: 9780700702732
ISBN-10: 0700702733
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st January 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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