Masnavi i Ma'navi: The Spiritual Couplets of Maulána Jalálu-'d-Dín Muhammad Rúmí

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 331 pages
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The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature.

The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
xiii
PROLOGUE
xxxiii
12
xl
The Prince and the Handmaid
4
The Jewish King and the Vazir
10
The Lion and the Beasts
17
Omar and the Ambassador
24
Joseph and the Mirror
48
The Deadly Mosque
157
The Three Fishes
198
17
209
68
210
The Mule and the Camel
215
The Prophet and his Guest
221
20
222
The Arab and his Dog
227

The Pauper and the Prisoners
68
The King and his two Slaves
72
Luqman and his Master
79
The Man and his Pet Bear
85
Moávia and Iblis
94
The Old Man and the Physician
100
The Tree of Life
107
STORY VII
111
The Villager and the Townsman
115
The Elephant in a dark Room
122
The Man in the Time of David
128
Bahlol and the Darvesh
134
The Men of Saba
142
The Man who claimed to be a Prophet
234
The Creation of Adam
241
21
245
The Repentance of Nasuh
249
24
252
BOOK VI
276
The Slave who loved his Masters Daughter
282
Saints preserved from all harm
300
The Three Travellers
304
The Pensioner of the Prefect of Tabriz
311
Note on Apocryphal Supplements to the Masnavi
329
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