Islamic Mystical Poetry

Islamic Mystical Poetry

Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi

Introduction by: Mahmood Jamal
Editor: Mahmood Jamal
Translator: Mahmood Jamal

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140424737
  • 400 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Written from the ninth to the twentieth century, these poems represent the peak of Islamic Mystical writing, from Rabia Basri to Mian Mohammad Baksh. Reflecting both private devotional love and the attempt to attain union with God and become absorbed into the Divine, many poems in this edition are imbued with the symbols and metaphors that develop many of the central ideas of Sufism: the Lover, the Beloved, the Wine, and the Tavern; while others are more personal and echo the poet’s battle to leave earthly love behind. These translations capture the passion of the original poetry and are accompanied by an introduction on Sufism and the common themes apparent in the works. This edition also includes suggested further reading.
Islamic Mystical Poetry

Islamic Mystical Poetry

Introduction by: Mahmood Jamal, Editor: Mahmood Jamal, Translator: Mahmood Jamal

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