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I am reading Ahmed El Shamsy’s recent book on the impact of #printing on modern discourses on #Islamic scholarship. Like his previous book, it is extremely readable and insightful. I will post some questions and intriguing passages from the chapters that interest me most./1
In the introduction, the author tells us that he will cover the 19th c. which saw the marginalisation of the classical Islamic work, the adoption of printing & rebirth of the classical heritage. Muslim reformers reasserted the classical tradition to undermine the postclassical./2
I think ch. 1 will be the most interesting for me: it names two key factors in the marginalisation of the classical works: "the dramatic decline of traditional libraries and the voracious appetites and deep pockets of European collectors of Arabic books."(p.6)/3
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Today’s public service announcement: When you see a poem or saying attributed to #Rumi in which he is reported as saying: “I am not a Muslim”, or “I belong to no religion”, it’s probably fake.
A short thread on fake Rumi poems.
#mevlana #mawlana #masnavi #sufi #sufism #fakeRumi
One of the popular fake poems attributed to Rumi is the one that starts:
“What is to be done, O Muslims? for I do not know myself.
I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor Magian, nor Muslim.”
چه تدبیر ای مسلمانان که من خود را نمیدانم
نه ترسا و یهودیم نه گبرم نه مسلمانم
The same poem has become so popular through its further re-translations:
[I am] “Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.
Not any religion or cultural system.”
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A thread on why 99.9% of Hafez quotes on the internet are… fake. Including the ones you probably like. A thread on #Hafiz #Hafez, or I should say #FakeHafez.
(Including the one here, which is alas, Fake!)
“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘you owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that! It lights up the whole sky.”
You like that one from Hafez?
Too bad. It’s Fake Hafez.
“Your Heart and My Heart Are Very Very Old Friends.”
Like that one from Hafez too?
Too bad.
Also Fake Hafez.
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A thread on the “Night of Power” (Laylat al-Qadr), one of the holy nights in the last ten nights of Ramadan.

In honor of approaching the last nights of #Ramadan, known as Laylat al-Qadr, the Night of Power, Night of Destiny, a thread on: #Laylatalqadr #Nightofpower #Ramazan
Hidden in the last ten nights of Ramadan is a night called Night of Power (Laylat al-qadr). This is a night that Muslims cherish, a night that according to the Qur’an, the angels and the Spirit descend down.
Commentators differ on the identity of the “Spirit”. Some think it refers to the archangel Jibril (Gabriel), others say that it refers directly to God’s mercy.
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The Seljuk Sultan's Courtier Disturbs Rūmī's Visit to his Father's Grave

Tarjuma-i Thawāqib-i manāqib ("A Translation of Stars of the Legend") is a manuscript translated into Turkish from Persian (Baghdad, 1590).

Thread on its miniatures depicting Rumi´s life.
Sermon by Rūmī

Rūmī is explaining the stories of the prophets Khiżr and Mūsā (Moses) to his followers. Shams al-Din, a druggist, notices that Khiżr, dressed in his traditional green and adorned with the flaming halo designating a prophet, is sitting near a door of the mosque.
When the druggist grabs Khiżr's robe in order to make a request, Khiżr tells him that he, like the other prophets, should seek guidance from Rūmī. Khiżr is especially dear to the Sufis, who regard him as the initiator of those who walk the mystical path.
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How I know the world is a good place (example 2245): Someone put #Rumi to music. The translated #poem can be found here:…

Nu - MAN O TO:
How I know the world is a good place (example 2246): Someone played #Bach for a blind elephant:
How I know the world is a good place (example 2247): Someone introduced Robin Williams to Koko:
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The "Masnawi" is Rumi's greatest poetic work, composed during the last years of his life
Mathnawî-yé Ma`nawî," which means "Rhyming Couplets of Deep Spiritual Meaning."

Excerpt From: "Masnawi Sacred Texts of Islam: Book One" by Mevlana Rumi.
The name "Mathnawî" (pro-nounced "Masnavî" in Persian) means "couplets" in Arabic [because the second half of the verse (in Arabic, "thanî") rhymes with the first]
The Masnavi is divided into six books, and Rumi wrote prefaces for each book. The earliest complete manuscript (the "Konya manuscript") was completed in December, 1278 (five years after Rumi's death).

Excerpt From: "Masnawi Sacred Texts of Islam: Book One" by Mevlana Rumi.
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