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Tales from the Land of the Sufis Paperback – December, 1994
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Aesop and Jesus both knew that the best way to get a point across was through stories. In Tales from the Land of the Sufis, we find that same approach applied in Sufism, the mystical heart of Islam. Mojdeh Bayat and Mohammad Ali Jamnia retell in exquisite style some of the great tales from the likes of Attar and Rumi. Their emphasis is on the authors of the tales and how the exemplary lives of the master Sufi storytellers have also become material ripe for stories. Sufi story collections tend to be enchanting or humorously provocative and stand detached from the tradition. By including classic Sufi storytellers as subject matter, Bayat and Jamnia present these tales in their full spiritual glory. With themes such as self-sacrifice, humility, service, simplicity, faith in God, and, ultimately, union with God, the stories show both the outrageous iconoclasm of Sufism and its highest fundamentals. So, from dark tales, like the one about a mystic blasphemer who was executed by having his limbs and sense organs removed, to lighter stories, like those about a bald parrot and Alexander's big ears, Bayat and Jamnia strike a balance in this informative and eloquent storybook. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"A wonderful collection . . . useful for cultural and religious understanding, spiritual growth, and literary enjoyment."—Library Journal
"In short, the brilliance of these Persian teachers is exposed by the authors of this superb text."—Publishers Weekly
"I have been hungry for this book, these wonderful stories of Hallaj, Attar, Rumi! Bayat and Jamnia have done a wonderful job."—Coleman Barks, author of Open Secrets: Versions of Rumi
"These lovely stories, culled from Persian sources, will certainly open a way for Western readers into the wide and colorful world of Sufism."—Annemarie Schimmel, author of Mystical Dimensions of Islam --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Keep in mind that the narrations in this book are focused on the Sufi masters from Persia or whose Persian books survived. It is not a comprehensive list of all of Sufi masters.
I enjoyed the tales very much. Would that I abandon my attachments to this impermanent world so that I could better understand them!