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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...

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Document Week 4: Selected poems from Jami's Lawāʾih

This is a short selection from the Lawāʾih, including both the prose and poetic sections of certain 'Gleams' to give aflavour of Jami's method. The translations are by William Chittick, published in "Chinese Gleams of Sufi Light" by Sachiko...

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Document Niyazi Misri poems

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

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Document The Diwan of Ibn 'Arabi

This is a brief introduction by Stephen Hirtenstein to the huge collection of poetry which Ibn 'Arabi wrote - not only the printed (Bulaq) edition of his poems but the whole collection which he made during the last years of his life.

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

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

Islamic mysticism, Sufi poetry view
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. 

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Document Week 2: Hajji Bayram and the early Ottoman tradition

The early Ottoman tradition of Sufism constituted a remarkable flowering. In order to understand the poetic tradition of the Ottomans, especially Sufi poetry, one needs a certain understanding of the political, social and religious background of...

Sufi poetry, Sufi orders, Sufism, Hajji Bayram, Ottoman Empire view
Document Kabir: selected poems

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

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Document The Symbol of the Nightingale

A paper by Professor Luce Lopez-Baralt of the symbolism of the nightingale in the poetry of St John of the Cross, and its origins in Islamic mysticism.

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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 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 Yunus Emre: life

A short overview of what is known of the life of the great Turkish poet Yunus Emre (d. 1320). 

Islamic mysticism, Sufi poetry 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 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 Uftade and the Ottoman Tradition

An introduction to the Ottoman period, the tradition of Divan poetry and music, and Uftade's life.

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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).

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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 '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 '...

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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 Week 2: five poems by Hajji Bayram

These five poems by Hajji Bayram are well known and loved in Sufi circles in Turkey. They are the only ones considered to be authentically by Hajji Bayram, according to modern scholarship. Written in the simple folk style of Yunus Emre, they...

Sufism, Sufi poetry, Hajji Bayram view

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