OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Masnavi, Book Three

ISBN : 9780199652037

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,826
Author: 
Jalal al-Din Rumi;Jawid Mojaddedi
Pages
352 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Nov 2013
Series
Oxford World's Classics

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  • The Masnavi is the greatest work by the Persian mystic Rumi, widely recognized as the greatest Sufi poem ever written, and often referred to as 'the Qur'an in Persian'.
  • This is the first ever verse translation of Book Three of the Masnavi, and the first translation of any kind for over eighty years.
  • The translation is based on the best critical edition of the original text, which is in turn based on the most authentic manuscripts.
  • The accompanying introduction and notes make this the ideal introduction to Rumi for the non-specialist reader.
  • This is the sequel to Jawid Mojaddedi's translations of Book One (2004) and Book Two (2007). Book One was the winner of the Lois Roth Prize from the American Institute of Iranian Studies.

   
'Your soul each moment struggles hard with death -
Think of your faith as though it's your last breath.
Your life is like a purse, and night and day
Are counters of gold coins you've put away'

  
Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi is his masterpiece. Divided into six books and consisting of some 26,000 verses, the poem was designed to convey a message of divine love and unity to the disciples of Rumi's Sufi order, known today as the Whirling Dervishes. Like the earlier books, Book Three interweaves amusing stories with homilies to instruct pupils in mystical knowledge. It has a special focus on epistemology, illustrated with narratives that involve the consumption of food. 
  
This is the first ever verse translation of Book Three of the Masnavi. It follows the original by presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets.

Index: 

Introduction
Note on the Translaiton
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Rumi
THE MASNAVI: BOOK THREE

About the author: 

Jalal al-Din Rumi
Jawid Mojaddedi, Professor of Islamic Studies, Rutgers University
  
Jawid Mojaddedi is a native of Afghanistan, and read Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester. He has taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Universities of Manchester and Exeter, and served as an editor o fEncyclopaedia Iranica at the Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University. His most recent publication is Beyond Dogma: Rumi's Teachings on Friendship with God and Early Sufi Theories (OUP, 2012). Mr. Mojaddedi was also made a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellow for 2014-2015.

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