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The Hundred Tales of Wisdom

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Life, teachings and miracles of Julaludin Rumi from Aflaki's Munaqib, together with certain important stories from Rumi's works, traditionally known as ʻThe Hundred tales of wisdom' -

The tales, anecdotes and narratives in this collection are used in Sufi schools for the development of insights beyond ordinary perceptions. Although the number 100 is used in the title, in Id
Hardcover, 6 pages
Published December 31st 1978 by Octagon Press, Limited (first published 1978)
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Ty Melgren
Oct 14, 2016 Ty Melgren rated it liked it

A man went to a tattooist, asking him to put the picture of a lion on his skin. But this man was a coward. When he felt the first prick, he said:
"Which part of the lion are you drawing?"
The tattooist said: "The tail."
The man cried: "Let us not have a tail! Do another part!"
The artist did as he was told. But the man screamed with pain again. And this went on and on, until the artist told him that it was impossible to tattoo a lion at all, if he would not allow any
Ronald Tailor
Jan 25, 2016 Ronald Tailor rated it it was amazing
Those who love Rumi's poetry and want to know more about the amazing mind that could write such extraordinarily beautiful and insightful verse, may find _The Hundred Tales of Wisdom_ (collected and compiled by Idries Shah) very interesting. It gives us a picture of Rumi's personality via the recorded recollections of individuals who were around him when he was alive. The language is a little archaic, but how could you expect otherwise from the first-hand accounts of individuals who in the 11th c ...more
Kevan Bowkett
Apr 15, 2015 Kevan Bowkett rated it really liked it
This volume is Idries Shah's translation from the Persian of 'The Hundred Tales of Wisdom,' which contains material about the life of the great 13th-century Sufi Jalaludin Rumi, from Aflaki's Munaqib, as well as certain tales and passages from Rumi's works. The book includes stories of wonders associated with Rumi, but it does not appear that their point is to dazzle the reader, still less to 'convert' him or her. Rather, as the text itself says, these materials are 'used in Sufi schools for the ...more
Jul 04, 2013 Simon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The tales rest heavily upon the hagiography of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, which is laid on thick at the start; and when one peels that away then there isn’t much to them. Overall, I found the parabolic tales disappointing.
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Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages, and he has been described as the most popular poet and the best-selling poet in the United States.

His poetry has influenced Persian literature, but also Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the l
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