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Stephen Hirtenstein


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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.

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.

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 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 '...

Islamic mysticism, Sufi poetry 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 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
Document Week 4: introduction to Jami's Lawāʾih

This is a brief introduction to Jami's Lawāʾih, one of his most famous works written in a combination of prose and poetry.

Document Niyazi Misri

A brief overview of Niyazi Misri's life

Document 'Attar booklist

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

Sufi poetry, Islamic mysticism, Attar 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 Yunus Emre: selected poems

A selection of seven poems by Yunus Emre in translation.

Islamic mysticism, Sufi poetry view
Document Shushtari: poems

The poems of Shushtari, who has been called 'the Rumi of western Islam', are famous throughout North Africa, and are a wonderful combination of deep contemplation and ordinary daily discourse. This selection is a modified version of Alvarez'...

Shushtari, Sufi poetry, Sufism 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 Uftade: poems

A series of poems extracted from Uftade's Divan.