Tales from the Land of the Sufis

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  • Copyright: 1994-12-01
  • Publisher: Shambhala Pubns
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Take a magic carpet ride into the delightful world of Sufi storytelling with these best-loved tales from Persian literature and lore, in which images of madness, passionate love, and self-sacrifice convey the inner experiences of the soul that has surrendered to the Divine Beloved. The tales are retold from the celebrated works of poets who were also spiritual masters, including Rumi, Attar, Nizami, and Jami, as well as anecdotes about famous masters themselves. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Mojdeh Bayat and Mohammad Ali Jamnia were born in Tehran and are initiates of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order. They live with their two children in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
A Brief Look at the History of Sufismp. 9
Hallaj: The First Martyr of Sufismp. 14
The Life of Hallajp. 15
Legends and Stories of Hallajp. 20
Abu Sa'id: The Patron of Sufi Music, Song, and Dancep. 28
Abu Sa'id's Life and Teachingsp. 30
Anecdotes of Abu Sa'idp. 42
Fariduddin Attar: The Divinely Inspired Storytellerp. 48
The Conference of the Birdsp. 53
Bahlul, a Fool of Godp. 56
This Too Shall Passp. 67
Shaykh San'anp. 71
Hakim Nizami: Narrator of Love Storiesp. 81
Khusrau and Shirinp. 83
Layla and Majnunp. 104
The Great Secret of Alexanderp. 115
Jalaluddin Rumi: Persia's Greatest Mystic Poetp. 119
Rumi's Life and Teachingsp. 120
The King and the Handmaidenp. 133
The Grocer and His Parrotp. 136
The Philosopher and the Skipperp. 139
Musa and the Shepherdp. 142
'Abdul-Rahman Jami: The Last of the Great Storytellersp. 145
Yusuf and Zulaykhap. 151
Notesp. 169
Glossaryp. 173
Bibliographyp. 177
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