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Stephen Hirtenstein


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Document 'Attar booklist

A short bibliography of translations of 'Attar's work in English.

Sufi poetry, Islamic mysticism, Attar view
Document 'Iraqi: Sufi views of Love

A selection of important discussion about love, focusing on the Konya school that studied and carried on Ibn 'Arabi's teachings: extracts from Sadr al-din al-Qunawi (Ibn 'Arabi's stepson and heir), Sa'd al-din Farghani (Qunawi's student) and '...

Islamic mysticism, Sufi poetry view
Document A poem on Love by Ibn 'Arabi

A poem with commentary by In 'Arabi from his Diwan, translated by Stephen Hirtenstein.

Islamic mysticism, Sufi poetry, Ibn 'Arabi view
Document Baba Farid: a life of poverty

Popularly known as Baba Farid, he is one of the distinguished medieval Muslim mystics in the Indian world, most revered in the Punjabi communities and sects of South Asia. In a book on prominent mystic poets of the Punjab, Baba Farid is the first...

Chishti, Farid, Punjab, Sufi poetry, Sufism view
Document Baba Farid: poems

There are several poems attributed to Baba Farid, in Persian and Punjabi. This is a selection from various sources and translators.

Farid, Chishti, Sufi poetry view
Document Baba Farid: proverbs

Baba Farid was renowned for pithy proverbs which encapsulated teachings. This selection has been made for group discussion.

Farid, Chishti, Sufis, Sufi poetry view
Document Fakhr al-din 'Iraqi: introduction

A brief introduction to 'Iraqi's life and times, with extracts from some of his poems. One of the greatest love-poets in the Persian language (a forerunner of and influence on Hafiz), 'Iraqi combined the drunken love-school of Ahmad Ghazaali with...

Islamic mysticism, Sufi poetry view
Document Fakhr al-din 'Iraqi: poems

A selection of some of 'Iraqi's poems in translation

Islamic mysticism, Sufi poetry view
Document Hafiz poems 1

This selection of two poems by Hafiz contrasts the different translation styles that have been used by recent translators to render his poems into English.

Hafez, Hafiz, Islamic Mystical Poetry, Sufism, Sufi poetry view
Document Hafiz: life and times, an introduction

This is a brief introduction to the life and times of Hafiz, considered by many to be the best lyric mystical poet of all time. We look at the city of Shiraz in the 14th century, the little that is known about Hafiz's personal life, and some of...

Hafiz, Shiraz, Sufi poetry, Sufism view
Document Introduction to Islamic Mystical Poetry 3

An overview of the course and a recap of Islamic Mystical Poetry 1 & 2

Islam, Mysticism, Poetry view
Document Introduction to Persian mystical poetry

A short slide overview of the features of the classical Persian tradition of poetry, covering a basic general history, language and names of the prominent poets of the middle classical period (12-14th century).

Islamic mysticism, Persian history, Persian literature view
Document Islamic Mystical Poetry booklist

This is a booklist covering all five weeks of the course, with suggested reading for each of the four poets as well as a brief general bibliography on Persian mystical poetry.

Sufi poetry, Islamic mysticism view
Document Kabir: his life and times

A brief introduction to what is known of the great Hindi poet, Kabir (d. ca. 1448), and the three surviving written versions of his poetry.

Document Kabir: selected poems

A selection of poems by Kabir drawn from various modern English translations

Document Niyazi Misri

A brief overview of Niyazi Misri's life

Document Niyazi Misri poems

Four poems by Niyazi Misri, in a new translation by Stephen Hirtenstein.

Document Oneness of Being

An extract from William Chittick's introduction to 'Iraqi's Divine Flashes: it gives a clear exposition of the Oneness of Being and the Perfect Human Being according to the school of Ibn 'Arabi.

Islamic mysticism, Islamic Philosophy, Ibn 'Arabi, al-Qunawi view
Document Shaikh Galib

An introduction to the life and times of Sheikh Galib (Şeyh Galıp), one of the greatest Ottoman mystical poets and author of Beauty and Love (Hüsn ü Aşk).

Document Shushtari introduction

A brief introduction to the great mystical poet from al-Andalus, Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari: an overview of his life and the special kind of poems that he wrote, which remain enduringly popular even today, especially in North Africa. 

Sufi poetry, Sufism view