Fundamentals of Rumi’s Thought

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AUTHOR:Sefik Can

Foreword: M. Fethullah Gulen


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 Content

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 (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.

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9781932099799

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2012-12-12

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