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The Masnavi. Book Four

Jalal al-Din Rumi
Jawid Mojaddedi

September 2017

ISBN: 9780198783435

272 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi, written in six books, is his masterpiece. It conveys a message of divine love in entertaining stories and homilies. The focus of Book Four is with the mystical knowledge of the spiritual guide.

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Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi, written in six books, is his masterpiece. It conveys a message of divine love in entertaining stories and homilies. The focus of Book Four is with the mystical knowledge of the spiritual guide.

  • 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 complete verse translation of Book Four of the Masnavi, and the first translation of any kind for over eighty years.
  • The translator uses metre and rhyme to replicate the rhyming couplets of the original to produce a more faithful representation of the work in English.
  • 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), Book Two (2007), and Book Three (2013). Book One was the winner of the Lois Roth Prize from the American Institute of Iranian Studies.

About the Author(s)

Jalal al-Din Rumi

Jawid Mojaddedi, Professor of Religion, 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 of Encyclopaedia Iranica at the Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University. He is currently Professor of Religion at Rutgers University. His most recent publications include Beyond Dogma: Rumi's Teachings on Friendship with God and Early Sufi Theories (OUP, 2012) and for the Oxford World's Classics, The Masnavi, Book Three (OUP, 2013).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Note on the Translation
    Select Bibliography
    Chronology
    The Masnavi: Book 4
    Explanatory Notes
    Glossary

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