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Aug. 1 2007 Poetry
Rumi's "Spiritual Verses" is the greatest mystical poem in Islamic culture and of all time. Rumi tells of our human separation from reality, love and truth. He shows how love - neither erotic nor sentimental but divine, by which the universe is held together - enlightens ignorance and dissolves suffering. The first book of the "Masnavi" is the key to the whole work: it takes off from simple, amusing tales into realms unimaginable, but wholly familiar to the human heart.

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Called 'Jelaluddin Balkhi' by the Persians and Afghans, Rumi was born on September 30, 1207, in Balkh, Afghanistan, then a part of the Persian Empire. He was the greatest mystical poet of Persia, famous for his didactic epic Masnavi-ye Ma'navi (Spiritual Couplets), a treasure-house of Sufi mysticism. Rumi died on December 17, 1273. Alan Williams is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This volume contains a dozen stories from Book One of the six-volume collection, composed in rhyming couplets by the Afghan/Persian poet Rumi in the 1260s. With Anton Lesser's patient, precise narration, and Naxos's quality production, these religious stories are accessible to a wider audience. Without being effeminate, Lesser's voice is unusually high pitched for a man's voice, which may be jarring at first for some listeners. But his classical but unpretentious Shakespearean style, perfectly paced, makes this set worthy of repeated listening. Persian music, commissioned for this recording, sets the tone. The liner notes include background to the work and an introduction by the translator. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely superb Feb. 11 2008
By M. C. Maufroy - Published on Amazon.com
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At last, a translation of Rumi's Masnavi which, without ever being pedantic or obscure, is both faithful to the original Persian and to Rumi's teaching. I highly recommend it. This is only the first book of the Masnavi, though (the title is incomplete and misleading) and I am looking forward to the translations of the next five books. A brilliant and moving piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Academic gets it right! Aug. 4 2013
By Brent Bowyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Great introduction - clear meanings from readings - interesting poetic structure and rhyme - comfortable/convenient size to carry with you when you travel especially.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 11 2012
By Navsh - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been reading the Masnavi of Rumi in Farsi and since my Farsi sis not that fluent, I purchased this book to follow along in the English. It is one of the best translation I have read so far. Of course, nothing beats the original in Farsi!!

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