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Step by Step Up to Union with God. Life, Thought and Spiritual Journey of Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Translated from the Persian by M. Keyvani

Abdolhossein Zarrinkoub (1923-1999)

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Published: 2009
Page #: xviii + 428
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781934283158
bibliography, index, notes

 
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Step by Step Up to Union with God recounts the life story, from birth to death, of the celebrated 13th-century Persian Sufi poet, Jalal-al-Din of Balkh, commonly known in the West as Rumi, being the creator of one of the most exquisite collections of lyrical poems (designated Ghazaliyyat-e Shams) and the greatest versified presentation of Islamic mysticism. It covers the poet's childhood, his emigration at the age of 13, accompanying his father, through Khorasan and Baghdad to Anatolia, where he eventually settled in Konya for the rest of his life.

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Abdolhossein Zarrinkoub (1923-1999)

Abdolhossein Zarinkoub (also spelled Zarrinkoob) was born in Borujerd. He was a prominent scholar of Iranian literature, history of literature, Persian culture, and history. He received his Ph.D. from Tehran University in 1955 under the supervision of Badiozzaman Forouzanfar, and held faculty positions at prestigious universities such as Oxford University, Sorbonne, and Princeton University, among many others. Due to his pioneering works on Iranian literature, literary criticism and comparative literature, he is considered as the father of modern Persian literature. Zarrinkoub’s solid research works made him a world class Iranologist and undisputed master of Persian literature and poetry. He was known for his extreme precision and solid works. He was the author of many books in Persian, French, and English, and published hundreds of articles. Some of his more famous works in English are: “The Arab Conquest of Iran and its Aftermath” in Cambridge History of Iran, Vol. 4, London, 1975; “Persian Sufism in its Historical Background,” in Iranian Studies III, 1970; and “Nezami, a Lifelong Quest for a Utopia,” 1977, Rome. One of his famous books entitled “Naghde Adabi” (Literary Criticism) is a classic book on Persian literary criticism. Zarrinkoub is also known for his profound research on revered Iranian poet Mowlana Jalaleddin Mohammad, aka “Rumi.” Zarrinkoub’s “Serr-e Ney” (Secret of the Reed) and “Bahr dar Koozeh” (Sea in a Jug) are critical and comparative analysis of Mowlana’s “Masnavi.” “Pelleh Pelleh ta Molaghate Khoda” (Step-by-Step until Visiting God) is also a work he carried out on the same theme. Zarrinkoub’s research works on Hafez and Persian mysticism resulted in several books: “Az Koucheh-ye Rendan” and “Arzesh-e Miras-e Soufi-yeh.” His classic history book, “Two Centuries of Silence” is one the most reliable sources on the history of Iran/Persia after fall of the Sasaninan Empire. This book is undergoing translation into English by Mazda Publishers and will be available in a near future.

Dedication.
Foreword.
Introduction.

Chapter 1. Baha Valad and Khodavandgar.

Chapter 2. Migration oe Scape?

Chapter 3. The Old Tutor in Konya.

Chapter 4. The Appearance of Shams.

Chapter 5. Absence with no Return.

Chapter 6. Dancing in the Bazaar.

Chapter 7. Hosam-al-Din and the Story.

Chapter 8. Ascending Beyond Poetry.

Chapter 9. From the Stations of Reunification to Annihilation.

Chapter 10. Final Years.

Notes.
Bibliography.
Index.

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