top_1_963_35.JPG
top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
 
 
  HOME   PUBLISH   DONATE   ABOUT   CONTACT   HELP   SEARCH  
 
   
Rumi's Mystical Design
Reading the Mathnawi, Book One
Rumi's Mystical Design
Click on image to enlarge

Seyed Ghahreman Safavi - Author
Simon Weightman - Author
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Foreword by
SUNY series in Islam
Price: $70.00 
Hardcover - 290 pages
Release Date: October 2009
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2795-9

Quantity:  
Price: $26.95 
Paperback - 290 pages
Release Date: October 2009
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2796-6

Quantity:  
Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...

Available as a Kindle Edition.
Click icon below...


Summary Read First Chapter image missing

Reveals the sophisticated design of Rumī’s Mathnawī, showing that this seemingly unstructured work both describes and functions as spiritual training.

This landmark book reveals the structure of Rumī’s thirteenth-century classic, the Mathnawī. A beloved collection of 25,000 picturesque, alliterative verses full of anecdotes and parables on what appear to be loosely connected themes, the Mathnawī presents itself as spontaneous and unplanned. However, as Seyed Ghahreman Safavi and Simon Weightman demonstrate, the work has a sophisticated design that deliberately hides the spiritual so that readers, as seekers, have to find it for themselves—it is not only about spiritual training, it is spiritual training. Along with a full synoptic reading of the whole of Book One, the authors provide material on Rumī’s life, his religious position, and his literary antecedents. Safavi and Weightman have provided readers, students, and scholars with a valuable resource: the guide that they wished they had had prior to their own reading of this great spiritual classic.

“This is possibly the best explanation of the significance of the entire work ever written, certainly so in English. The authors bring out dimensions of the ornate and sophisticated structure of the Mathnawī, of which other authors have had at best only inklings.” — William C. Chittick, author of The Sufi Doctrine of Rumī

Seyed Ghahreman Safavi is Research Associate of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London, and Director of the London Academy of Iranian Studies. He is the author of The Structure of Rumī’s Mathnawī: New Interpretation of the Mathnawī as a Book for Love and Peace. Simon Weightman is Former Head of the Department of the Study of Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London. He is the coauthor (with Rupert Snell) of Hindi.


Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Preface

Introduction

1. Contextualizing the Mathnawī

Mawlānā’s Life—An Outline
Mawlānā’s Religious Outlook
Mawlānā’s Literary Antecedents

2. Reading the Mathnawī

The Mathnawī as Given
The Question of Structure
Some Further Considerations
Synoptic Reading and the Principles of Parallelism and Chiasmus
Rhetorical Latency
Two Iranian Exemplars
The Synoptic Reading of Book One of the Mathnawī

3. A Synoptic Reading of Book One of the Mathnawī

4. Book One as a Whole and as a Part

The Synoptic Analysis of Book One as a Whole
The Rationale of Book One as a Whole
The Linear and the Nonlinear Ordering of Book One
Book One as a Part

5. Conclusion

How Mawlānā Composed the Mathnawī
Mawlānā’s Hidden Organization as the Writer’s Plan
Th e Design of the Mathnawī
Finale

Notes
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Index


Related Subjects
49236/49237(NE/CC/MC)

Related Titles

Encounters with God in Augustine's Confessions
Encounters with God in Augustine's Confessions
Sex on Earth as It Is in Heaven
Sex on Earth as It Is in Heaven
Religious Resurgence and Politics in the Contemporary World
Religious Resurgence and Politics in the Contemporary World
Extra- and Non-Documentary Writing in the Canon of Formative Judaism, Volume 2
Extra- and Non-Documentary Writing in the Canon of Formative Judaism, Volume 2
America's Alternative Religions
America's Alternative Religions
Ghazali's Theory of Virtue
Ghazali's Theory of Virtue
The Nature of Shamanism
The Nature of Shamanism
Before Revelation
Before Revelation
On Losing the Soul
On Losing the Soul
The Divine Quest, East and West
The Divine Quest, East and West



 
bottom_1_963_35.jpg