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    Fundamentals of Rumi's Thought

    by Sefik Can
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    • PAPERBACK : 2012-12-12 • 6x9 Pages • 331 inches • ISBN 9781932099799
    • CATEGORIES Interfaith Dialogue, Backlist, Forthcoming
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    A Mevlevi Sufi Perspective...

    Presenting Rumi to the English-speaking world, this study sheds light on his life as seen from within the Islamic mystical tradition.

    Sefik Can was the head of the Mevlevis and the author of nine books on Rumi, poetry, and classical mythology.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Foreword ...........................................................................................................ix
    Acknowledgement ..........................................................................................xxiii
    Chapter 1: The Political and Philosophical Situation
    of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire During Rumi’s Life ..............................1
    Intellectual Environment of the Anatolian Seljuks during Rumi’s Time.........6
    Pre-thirteenth Century Conceptual Differences within
    Muslim Communities...........................................................................7
    The Origins of Sufism before Rumi.........................................................9
    Rumi’s Life .................................................................................................11
    Titles .....................................................................................................11
    Ancestry ................................................................................................12
    Parents...................................................................................................12
    Rumi’s marriage ....................................................................................19
    Family and children ...............................................................................22
    Dwelling in Konya ................................................................................22
    Rumi’s works ........................................................................................27
    Commentaries on the Mesnevi ..............................................................34
    Turkish Translations of the Mesnevi.......................................................38
    The Death of Rumi’s Father........................................................................43
    Rumi’s Spiritual Guide after his Father’s Death .....................................45
    Rumi’s Meeting with Shams..................................................................51
    Rumi after the Disappearance of Shams ...............................................61
    Shaykh Salah al-Din of Konya, the Zarqubi or Goldsmith.....................67
    Husam al-Din Chelebi...........................................................................77
    Rumi’s Migration to the World of Eternity............................................84
    Chapter II: Rumi’s Personality and Views..............................................97
    A Peculiarity about Rumi’s Life...................................................................99
    Rumi’s Inner and Outer Characteristics.....................................................100
    Asceticism and Ecstasy .............................................................................122
    Tawhid (Unity of God) and Ittihad (Union with God) .............................136
    “There is nothing on earth or in the heavens that
    does not praise God.” ...........................................................................140
    Love..........................................................................................................147
    Belief and Unbelief....................................................................................165
    Salvation ...................................................................................................173
    Reason ......................................................................................................181
    Beauty.......................................................................................................187
    Women .....................................................................................................193
    Poetry .......................................................................................................200
    Music and Whirling Ceremonies ...............................................................203
    Sorrow .....................................................................................................212
    Free Will ...................................................................................................216
    Reincarnation............................................................................................225
    Chapter III: Rumi’s Influence .................................................................245
    Rumi’s Influence on Turkish Poets ............................................................247
    Rumi’s Influence on Muslim Philosophers ................................................251
    A Comparison between Rumi and Plato ...................................................268
    Rumi’s Influence in the West.....................................................................279
    Chapter IV: Rumi’s Sufi Order and His
    Approach to Orders ...............................................................................293
    The Mevlevi Order....................................................................................295
    Rumi and Islamic Law ..............................................................................297
    Epilogue .........................................................................................................305
    Bibliography ...................................................................................................307
    Author’s Biography.........................................................................................311
    Notes ............................................................................................................313
    Index ............................................................................................................327
    ABOUT AUTHOR
    Sefik Can
    Sefik Can

    Sefik Can (1910-2005) was born in a village near Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey. During his childhood he learned Arabic and Persian from his father. He graduated from Kuleli Military High School in 1929 and the Academy of War in 1931. In 1935, he began working as a teacher in a Military High School. In addition to his native Turkish, he also spoke French, English and Russian alongside Arabic and Persian. Up until he passed in on January 24 2005, he was head of the Mevlevis (most authoritative figure in the spiritial order). He was also the latest Mesnevihan (Mesnevi reciter) who recieved his ijazat (special certification in the recitation of Mesnevi) from his spiritual master Tahir al-Mevlevi. Sefik Can authored nine books on Rumi as well as on poetry and classical mythology.