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Book Information: Death Before Dying: The Sufi Poems Of Sultan Bahu

Death Before Dying: The Sufi Poems Of Sultan Bahu (1998) [Collection]
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Death Before Dying offers a window on the Sufi mystical tradition, providing a rare glimpse into the religious lives of rural Muslims during the days of the Mughal Empire. The poetry of Sultan Bahu has inspired Sufis of the Punjab for countless generations, embodying essential characteristics of the mystical tradition, especially in its emphasis on complete and unrestricted devotion to God coupled with a skepticism toward the formal, legalistic, and institutionalized elements of organized religion.

Original title: Death Before Dying: The Sufi Poems Of Sultan Bahu
Original languages: Punjabi

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Genre: PoetryVerseReligious And Inspirational


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Edition #1: Death Before Dying: The Sufi Poems Of Sultan Bahu

Death Before Dying: The Sufi Poems Of Sultan Bahu (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Jamal J. Elias
Blurbs:
  • "Jamal Elias's delightful readable rendering of Sultan Bahu's short poems offers a fine introduction to an important figure in South Asian Islamic vernacular literature. With their earthy charm and engaging simplicity, these Punjabi verses convey the immediacy of the spiritual quest as expressed in the popular idiom and imagery of the countryside. A fine choice for courses in Islamic religious studies and spirituality" John Renard
  • "The great Punjabi Sufi poet Sultan Bahu comes alive for the English readers in this lucid and accessible translation by Jamal Elias. Just as the poet's name evokes the divine presence, so the pungent and earthy images of these poems jolt the reader with a perspective that goes beyond conventional religious boundaries. Transmitted orally by generations of singers, these powerful verses show how Sufism has actually been communicated. This should be on the bookshelf of everyone who is interested in Sufism." Carl W. Ernst
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Death Before Dying: The Sufi Poems Of Sultan Bahu (April 1, 1998)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: University of California Press
ISBN: 0520212428
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.4 x 0.5
Pages: 156

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