This is a 14th-century biography of the famous Persian mystic poet and Knower of God , Jal l al-D n-e R m , in the form of a large compendium of Sufi-style teaching stories. It was commissioned by a grandson about fifty years after R m s death. The author-compiler, Afl k , includes chapters on Bah -e Valad (R m s father), Shams al-D n-e Tabr z (R m s great love), Solt n Valad and Am r ref (R m s son and grandson), and other transmitters of the spiritual Heritage of the Mowlav dervish order. The protagonists are portrayed as performing miracles and confronting critics and rivals. Circumstantial detail abounds, thus providing one of our few windows onto social and political life during the Salj q and Mongol period in Asia Minor. The translation has an extensive index of persons and concepts to assist readers and students.
Author: Shams al-Dīn Aḥmad Aflākī
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