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Rumi and the Sufi Tradition

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Published: 2009
Page #: iv + 94
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-250-7, ISBN 13: 978-1-56859-250-3
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A salient feature of Sufism, is the notion of a union between an individual and the Divine being. This union, which is an antithesis of alienation, is the most critical problem of humanity. This book explores the concept of mystical union and other major teachings of the great Iranian (Persian) mystic poet, Mowlana Jalaluddin Mohammad, known in the west as "Rumi." In addition to offering a translation of his most representative poems, this book examines the view that many rituals and the basic doctrine of Sufism originate from the ancient, pre-Islamic Indo-Iranian traditions as well as from Hellenistic philosophy and culture. Mowlana Rumi wrote his masterpiece, The Masnavi, in Persian language ( the language of Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and some parts of the Middle East) but he was also well versed in the Greek language as is indicated by his Greek poetry, which is translated into English for the first time in this volume. This book is written by a foremost authority on Mowlana Rumi. Unlike many recently published books on this subject, written primarily by those who do not even read or speak the Persian language and hence have had to rely upon a few available secondary and tertiary sources in English, Professor Moyne draws upon the works of Mowlana Rumi in the original language in which they were written.

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John A. Moyne

John A. Moyne received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Linguistics and Near-Eastern Languages and Literatures. He was Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at the City University of New York, and was the former chairman of the Computer Science Department at Queens College, and the Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Linguistics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He has written and co-authored over a dozen books and numerous articles in professional journals in linguistics and cognitive sciences, a pioneer helping usher in the field of computational linguistics. Iranian by birth, he is regarded as one of the foremost scholars and translators of the Persian poet Rumi. He is the author of "Rumi and the Sufi Tradition", "Unseen Rain: Quatrains of Rumi", "Say I Am You: Poetry Interspersed With Stories of Rumi and Shams", and most recently, "A Bird In The Garden Of Angels: On the Life and Times and an Anthology of Rumi" (2007), among numerous other works on Rumi. John Moyne died at the age of 93 in February, 2014 at his home in Sea Cliff, New York.

Acknowledgements
A Biographical Sketch
Rumi and His Mystical Ethos
On the Origins of Sufism
A Funeral
The Creek Poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi
Debate with the Jurists
The Mowlavi Order
Glossary of Technical Terms
Notes
References

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