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The most influential Sufi poem ever written, the six books of the Masnavi are often called "the Qur'an in Persian." Book Two is concerned with the challenges facing the seeker of Sufi enlightenment. In particular it focuses on the struggle against the self, and how to choose the right companions in order to progress along the mystical path. By interweaving amusing stories ...more
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Published December 23rd 2004 by Oxford University Press
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May 13, 2008 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi bin Muhammad bin Hasin al-Khattabi al-Bakri (1207-1273), seorang sufi yang diapresiasi setinggi langit oleh Iqbal sebagai "Raushan Damir" (orang berpenglihatan ruhani tajam yang mampu membaca rahasia dunia dan peristiwa kemanusiaan lainnya), saya akan kutipkan satu bait dari 34.662 buah syair mahsyurnya. Mukadimah Ghazal (sajak-sajak mistikal) yang bertutur tentang cinta :

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Said
This must be the most authentic English translation available of Rumi's masterpiece. It is evident that the author has a vast knowledge of Islamic literature and Sufism. What amazed me the most was how the author kept the verses in rhyme, which must have been a strenuous task, while retaining the essence of the message: a difficult task when translating from Persian (or Arabic) to English. It's also interesting how Rumi sidesteps into other stories in the midst of each main narrative. There is a ...more
Saad
If you want to read Rumi in English, read Mojaddedi's translation.
Amanda Spacaj-Gorham
The first Episode resonates with the love, mercy and wit that I have associated with Rumi since my first introduction to the great poet.

The second Episode, "The King and the Slave Girl" tells the story of, then justifies the murder of a goat herder on the basis of divine enlightenment being the motivation.

As much as I admire all the poetry of Rumi I have read before this story, this passage is hard to get past. Full disclosure, I also disregard most of Leviticus from the Old Testament. I striv
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Irving Karchmar
The Greatest poem of any language, over 14,000 lines filled with the Sufi love of God, faith, beauty, teaching stories, and love and love and love. Called the Persian Koran, his only rivals for fame and complexity are Homer and Dante, with Shakespeare thrown in for the English language. I loved it, and have been re-reading it lately in this amazing new translation by the incomparable translator Jawid Mojaddedi, which follows much more closely the rhyming meter of the original. A major achievemen ...more
Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
Jawid, a friend, up at Rutgers, has undertaken a major life project in turning these words into English poetry. I suggested he read Alexander Pope for couplets in English, but he always amazes me at his poetic dexterity in these volumes (now two of them from Oxford, and both necessary).
Lilith
Dec 15, 2011 Lilith added it
From the Introduction: "More than two centuries before the time of the eminent Sufi theosopher Ebn Arabi (d. 1240), Sufis began to describe their experience of annihilation in God and the realization that only God exists."
Ibraheem
I only recommend this book to people who have a basic understanding of the path. It is not for everyone.
Casey
Sufi love poetry. Read with supplemental material.
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Furhan
This is by far the best Rumi translation out there. It has been translated by Mujaddedi into eloquent English and transports the reader into the wonderful, colourful and fantastic world of Rumi's imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who's interested in studying the works of great Muslim saints.
Diane
Written by the founder of the whirling dervish order, this book contains poetry with a moral purpose. It mostly consists of long, narrative poems with moral lessons. It was a little overwhelming at first, but had a great beauty about it.
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rumi i love him sooo much
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Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: مولانا جلال الدین محمد رومی), also known as Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Balḫī (Persian: محمد بلخى) or Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi, but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi , was a 13th century Persian (Tādjīk) poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian. Rumi is a descriptive name meaning "the Roman" since he lived most pa
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