The Philosophy of Ecstasy

The Philosophy of Ecstasy

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Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-73), founder of the Mevlevi Sufi order of a€œWhirling Dervishes, a€ is the best-selling poet in America today. The wide-ranging appeal of his work is such that UNESCO declared 2007 to be a€œInternational Rumi Year.a€ However, his writings represent much more than love poetry. Rumi was one of the preeminent thinkers of Sufism, the esoteric form of Islam. In this groundbreaking collection of 13 essays on Rumi, many of the worlda€™s leading authorities in the field of Islamic Studies and Persian Literature discuss the major religious themes in his poetry and teachings. In addition to discussing the ideas of love, ecstasy, and music in Rumia€™s Sufi poetry, the essays offer new historical and theological perspectives on his work. The immortality of the soul, freewill, the nature of punishment and reward, and the relationship of Islam to Christianity are all covered, in order to bring Rumia€™s poetry properly into the context of the Sufi tradition to which he belonged.Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, XXXIII (2009), pp. 148-67. ... A Manual of Classical Persian Poetry. Wiesbaden: Otto ... Byzantina, IX (1977), pp. 11-22. ( Reprinted in Speros Vryonis. Studies on Byzantium, Seljuks, and Ottomans. Malibu:anbsp;...

Title:The Philosophy of Ecstasy
Author:Leonard Lewisohn
Publisher:World Wisdom, Inc - 2014-12-01


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