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Umar Ibn Al-Farid: Sufi Verse, Saintly Life (Classics of Western Spirituality) Hardcover – May 1, 2001


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It is worthwhile, from time to time, to pause and consider the marvelous project undertaken by Paulist Press in this series, which has brought splendid original works to the attention of scholars and amateurs alike. The latest volume in the series is Western in only the broadest sense but valuable nevertheless in its contribution to the growing body of Sufi primary texts in English. "The Wine Ode" and "Poem of the Sufi Way," al-Farid's major works, combine the rigors of Arabic poetry with Sufi insights, and they are well presented by scholar Homerin. Highly recommended.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Based on wide and solid scholarship [and] extremely useful as a good modern translation. -- Issa J. Boullata, Ph.D. Professor of Arabic Literature, McGill University (Canada)

Based on wide and solid scholarship. The book is extremely useful as a good modern translation. -- Issa J. Boullata, Ph.D

These are elegant and poetic translations with insightful discussion and commentary. -- William A. Graham, Professor of the History of Religion and Islamic Studies, Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

This is a finely crafted and most welcome volume of major Sufi poetry and insightful discussion and commentary on it. -- William A. Graham, Professor of the History of Religion and Islamic Studies, Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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Product Details

  • Series: Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809105284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809105281
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,829,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "brocious" on November 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Thank you Dr. Homerin. I discoved Umar Ibn Al-Farid 15 years ago and he changed my life. At that time I had only Arberry's dated translation of The Poem of the Sufi Way but none the less this remarkable mystical masterpiece sliced my soul like a razor. One of the few religious classics that uses erotic images addressed toward a female, it's a remarkable celebration of the creation and Dr. Homerin has made it accessible to everyone. Although there are two other works in this volume, it's the Poem of the Sufi Way that moves me most. I'd recommend trying to read it the first time in one sitting without looking at the foot notes or introduction. Then go back and read it again, this time looking at Homerin's notes. Then read it a third time straight through again. It's message pierces deep into the heart where the meanings are and at this point in our history it's not a bad thing to read a Muslim mystic who speaks so poignantly about the oneness of all things. Congratulations to the Paulist Press and Dr. Emil Homerin for this incredible and very timely publication. I actually wrote the Paulist press a decade ago and suggested that Farid would be an excellent addition to their "Classics of Western Spirituality" series so I'm very pleased with this new beautifully presented and wonderfully translated volume.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nora R. Hope on December 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Homerin has performed a great service by making Ibn alFarid's life and work available to English readers in fine translations and commentaries. I have to wonder why westerners don't know more about the Sufi Moslems throughout history. Wouldn't a dose of this Umar cure Islamophobia?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alanai on September 11, 2012
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The notes that accompany the text are very helpful for a better understanding of the poems. A translation by another author (Carlos Varona Nervión)that I have gives the same general meaning, so, although I have no knowledge of Arabic, I am satisfied that both are faithful to the original. I missed an introduction on the prosody of Arab poetry, though.
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