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The Triumphal Sun
A Study of the Works of Jalaloddin Rumi
The Triumphal Sun
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Annemarie Schimmel - Author
Hardcover - 536 pages
Release Date: July 1993
ISBN10: 0-7914-1635-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1635-8

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Paperback - 536 pages
Release Date: July 1993
ISBN10: 0-7914-1636-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1636-5

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This is a book on Rumi's life, his poetry, his thought, and his influence. Rumi's work forms one of the pillars of the Sufi orders, particularly the Mevlevi order, better known in the West as the Whirling Dervishes. In this book Rumi emerges not only as a spiritual master, but also as a fully human being grounded firmly in the Koran and in classical Islamic mysticism.

The light of the Divine Sun, in its Beauty and Majesty, manifested itself for Rumi through the person of Shams of Tabriz. Transformed by this light, consumed by this fire, Mowlana Rumi saw the world in a new light. Everywhere he perceived God's Grandeur and his Grace.

The book also discusses the theological premises upon which Rumi's work rests, his attitude to the problems of free will and predestination, and his analysis of the mystical stages and stations. The book not only gives a very rich analysis of Rumi's language and poetical art, but also a picture of medieval Konya, whose features the mystical poet transforms and transfigures.

Annemarie Schimmel is Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages at Harvard University. She is the author of several books including Islam: An Introduction, also published by SUNY Press, and the editor of the SUNY Press series, Muslim Spirituality in South Asia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ehsan Yarshater


I The Outward Setting
The Historical Background
Biographical Notes
Poetic Tradition, Inspiration, and Form

II Rumi's Imagery
The Sun
The Imagery of Water
The Symbolism of Gardens
Imagery Inspired by Animals
Children in Rumi's Imagery
Imagery from Daily life
The Imagery of Food in Rumi's Poetry
Imagery connected with Diseases
Weaving and Sewing
Divine Calligraphy
Pastimes of the Great
Koranic Imagery
Imagery taken from History and Geography
Imagery taken from Sufi History
The Imagery of Music and Dance

III Rumi's Theology
God and His Creation
Man and his position in Rumi's Work
Mowlana's Prophetology
The Spiritual Ladder
The Story of the Chickpeas
The Idea of Love in Rumi's Work
The Problem of Prayer in Jalaloddin's Work

IV Mowlana* Jalaloddin's Influence in East and West



Index of Proper Names

Index of images and technical terms

Index of Koranic quotations and Prophetic Traditions

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