The Sources

Jawid Mojaddedi

in Beyond Dogma

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195369236
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933471 | DOI:
The Sources

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This chapter provides background information about the main primary sources drawn upon. The most important of these are Rumi’s didactic writings, namely the Fīhi mā fīh and The Masnavi. An attempt is made here to address the neglect of the Fīhi mā fīh, which is the richest source for the Sitz im Leben of Rumi’s activities as a Sufi master. The Masnavi is a poem of some 26,000 verses, and has often been assumed to lack any organizational framework. Therefore, recent debate about this aspect of the poem, and its bearing on the study of Rumi’s teachings, are also explored here. The other works briefly introduced here are the ninth-century treatises on Friendship with God, namely Kharrāz’s al-Kashf wa’l-Bayān and Tirmidhī’s Sīrat al-awliyāʾ, as well as the main manuals of the tenth and eleventh century, namely Sarrāj’s Kitāb al-Lumaʿ, Kalābādhī’s Kitāb al-Taʿarruf, Qushayrī’s Risāla, and Hujwīrī’s Kashf al-maḥjūb.

Keywords: The Masnavi; Fīhi mā fīh; Sitz im Leben; Kharrāz; Tirmidhī; Sarrāj; Kalābādhī; Qushayrī; Hujwīrī; primary sources

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Subjects: Islam

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