The Book of Zeb-Un-Nissa

The Book of Zeb-Un-Nissa : The Princess Sufi Poet 'Makhfi'

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THE BOOK OF ZEB-UN-NISSA The Princess Sufi Poet 'Makhfi' Translation & Introduction Paul Smith Princess Zeb-un-Nissa (1638-1702) pen-name 'Makhfi' meaning 'concealed', was the beautiful and talented oldest daughter of the strict Muslim Emperor of India, Aurangzeb. She was imprisoned for 20 years for her Sufi views and conspiring with a brother against him. Her over 550 ghazals and ruba'is in Persian are deep, spiritual and at times truly heartbreaking. The correct forms and spiritual meaning are preserved in this large selection of her poetry. Introduction on her Life & Times and Poetry, Sufis & Dervishes: Their Art and Use of Poetry, The Poetic Forms in Makhfi's Divan. Selected Bibliography, Glossary. Large Format Paperback 7" x 10 " Illustrated 180 pages. COMMENTS ON PAUL SMITH'S TRANSLATION OF HAFIZ'S 'DIVAN'. "It is not a joke... the English version of ALL the ghazals of Hafiz is a great feat and of paramount importance. I am astonished. If he comes to Iran I will kiss the fingertips that wrote such a masterpiece inspired by the Creator of all and I will lay down my head at his feet out of respect." Dr. Mir Mohammad Taghavi (Dr. of Literature) Tehran. "I have never seen such a good translation and I would like to write a book in Farsi and introduce his Introduction to Iranians." B. Khorramshai, Academy of Philosophy, Tehran. "Superb translations. 99% Hafiz 1% Paul Smith." Ali Akbar Shapurzman, translator of many mystical works in English into Persian and knower of Hafiz's Divan off by heart. "Smith has probably put together the greatest collection of literary facts and history concerning Hafiz." Daniel Ladinsky (Penguin Books author). Paul Smith is a poet, author and translator of many books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashtu and other languages including Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, 'Attar, Sana'i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Mahsati, Ghalib, Iqbal and many others, as well as poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, children's books and 12 screenplays. www.newhumanitybooks.comshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 11.94mm | 471.73g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507757735
  • 9781507757734