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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605066788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605066783
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author:

"Mawlana Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, also known as Mawlana Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Balhi, but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi, (September 30, 1207-December 17, 1273), was a 13th century Persian (Tadjik) poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian. Rumi is a descriptive name meaning "the Roman" since he lived most parts of his life in Anatolia which had been part of the Roman Empire until the Seljuq conquest two centuries earlier.

Modern scholars now believe that Rumi was probably born in 1207 CE in Wakhsh/Vakhsh (In modern day Tajikistan, then under rule of Ghurids), while traditional sources claim his father family had for several generations lived in Balkh (In modern day Afghanistan, then incorporated into the Khwarezm Empire around 1205 CE). Both these cities were at the time included in the Greater Persian cultural sphere of Khorasan, the easternmost province of historical Persia.

His birthplace and first language both indicate a Persian heritage. Due to quarrels between different dynasties in Khorasan, opposition to Khwarizmid Shahs who were considered devious by Rumi's father or fear of the impending Mongol cataclysm, Baha-e Walad (Rumi's father) decided to migrate westwards. Rumi traveled west with his father and family, first performing the Hajj and eventually settling in Konya (In modern day Turkey, then in the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum), where he lived most of his life , composed one of the crowning glories of Persian literature and profoundly affected the culture of the area. New Persian (also called Dari-Persian or Dari), a widely understood vernacular of Middle Persian, has its linguistic origin in the Fars Province of modern Iran. A Dari-Persian literary renaissance (In the 8th/9th century) started in regions of Sistan, Khorasan and Transoxiana and by the 10th/11th century, it overtook Arabic as the literary and cultural language in the Persian Islamic world.

He lived most of his life under the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, where he produced his works and died in 1273 CE in Konya. He was buried in Konya and his shrine became a place of pilgrimate. The shrine is now known as the Mevlana Museum. Following his death, his followers and his son Sultan Walad founded the Mevlevi Order, also known as the Whirling Dervishes, who are known for their famous ceremony called the sema..." (Quote from wikipedia.org)

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This is one of Rumi's finest work.
Lover. O. Love
Each time I read Rumi, something new strikes me that makes me think about my life and what I am doing with it.
Emily Eck
Its defnately a must read for everone who loves poetry and leaning lessons in life!
ahmed

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Arsalaan on October 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Friends: This entry is mis-titled. This is not the complete first book on Rumi'Masnavi but an abridgment. Please find a translation that is in deed complete, so as to better learn the message of Rumi.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 22, 2010
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I can't go more than two pages without something striking deep. There are many one-liners in the Mathnawi that say more than entire volumes of lesser works. Rumi has a particular way of shocking and humbling you at the same time.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lover. O. Love on January 19, 2009
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This is one of Rumi's finest work. Rumi is a Persian poet who lived over 1000 years ago. His work is as relevant now as it is then. This book is a collection of witty and insightful short stories, followed by Rumi's thoughts and feelings based on that story. This book helped me reconnect with my Higher Power- God. The stories contained in this book have had more of an impact on me than most of the books I have read combined. Whether you believe in God or you just love poetry and short stories, this book is worth its weight in gold.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on October 14, 2012
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I have read book one and book two of The Masnavi by Oxford World Classics and found the poem format beautiful. I am very dissapointed that these six books have been written in a different format - I would have preferred them to be in the same format as the first two books. I wonder if Oxford World Classics will be bringing out books three to six and if these exact books will be available in Kindle format??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seeker on June 12, 2014
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The best English translation of the Masnavi by far is by Reynold Nicholson's though it is not available on the Kindle (Hard copy only on Amazon). To get a good taste of Rumi and the source (Quran) that inspired him, see the kindle book: A Perspective on the Signs of Al-Quran: through the prism of the heart
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Eck on March 25, 2014
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It's Rumi, the poet of love and divinity. You can't go wrong. Each time I read Rumi, something new strikes me that makes me think about my life and what I am doing with it. I think that's the point.
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By Ketab on April 15, 2013
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Good writing, not too hard to understand . How can you go wrong with the greatest teacher?
Great book I enjoyed it
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By Terry Clitheroe on January 16, 2013
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Not everyone's poetry but I am very fond of Rumi's poetry. It's also an incite into how far Persian poetry went and how well it was accepted
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