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Mathnawi Of Jalalud'Din Rumi (English) (6 volumes in 1 book)

Mathnawi Of Jalalud'Din Rumi (English) (6 volumes in 1 book)

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English translation of the Mathnawi (6 volumes in 1 book)

Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumi’s great poem, the Mathnawi, is one of the best known and most influential works of Muslim mysticism. The Mathnawi was begun around 1258 at the suggestion of a disciple, Husam al-Din, who acted as amanuensis, and though the final story is incomplete, composition probably ceased a while before Rumi’s death in 1273. The six books of the poem amount to more than 25,000 verses. Loosely structured and at times metrically rough and colloquial in style, the work pursues its way through hundreds of stories, drawn from many literary and other sources and used to illustrate the main theme, man’s predicament in his search for God.

Nicholson’s critical edition is based on the oldest known manuscripts, including the earliest, dated 1278, and preserved in the Mawlana Museum at Konya. It remains the standard text and is provided with diacritical marks to assist the student. This prose translation, similarly, is intended to be an exact and faithful guide to the Persian. The commentary, planned to be useful both for specialists and others, in addition to explaining numerous textual questions, traces Rumi’s sources and cites many parallels to his ideas. 

Title: Mathnawi Of Jalalud'Din Rumi
Author: Reynold A. Nicholson
Subject: Literature
ISBN: 9693516044
Year: 2004
Language: English
Number of Pages: 1485

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One of the greatest books of all times

Rumi Masnavi is one of the greatest books of all times. Its language is symbolic. The author uses small stories, depicting day to day incidents, to make important points. Reading carefully one discovers a pattern and a structure underlying the six books of the Masnavi. The six books covers different stages in sufi path. Through out this long poem (which comprises 26000 couplets), Rumi interprets numerous Ayats from the Holy Quran and Traditions from the ife of the Prophet Muhammad (PHUM) and other prophets of Allah Almighty, may Allah be pleasaed with all of them.
This book is a must read for all the students and intellectuals who want to understand the meaning of life. It should be mentioned that they cannot understand and live a life of meaning by focusing solely on western sciences. This is because western sciences are developed to control the physical world, the nature around man. Their foundations are not based on divine principles. Naturally they lead to disturbing conclusions that life is meaningless, a one time affiar, and we need to enjoy it to our fill. And enjoyment is sensual enjoyment.
Rumi, the master sufi saint, help students understand how to go beyond the imprisonment of senses. Carefully reading (and re-reading) the masnavi, one can gain insights into how to control one's inner bad self and develop a unity/confirmity with the nature and Allah Almighty.
Sang e meel publishers can think about dividing the book into two or three volumes. It is a book that one should read carefully and slowly. It requires reflection. Therefore, it should be in a form that is easy to handle. Currently, it is too massive and bulky.
It is unfortunate that we are reading Rumi in English rather than in Persian which is the language of this part of the world. This is also unfortunate that many Western popularizers of Rumi are becoming best sellers by copying incorrectly copying and interpreting Rumi's stories. We should make this book more accessible to our young people. There is some reason why it is considered one of the greatest books in entire human history.

Mehak Fatimah

Mathnawi Of Jalalud'Din Rumi (English) (6 volumes in 1 book)

Sannia Kanwal
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