Baba Oryan - The Book of Baba Tahir Oryan
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THE BOOK OF BABA TAHIR ORYANTranslation & Introduction Paul SmithBaba Tahir, or Oryan (‘The Naked’) of Hamadan… approx. 990-1065 A.D., was a great God-intoxicated, or God-mad soul (mast) and possibly a Qutub (Perfect Master) who composed about 120 known ruba’i in a simpler metre than the usual ‘hazaj’ metre. His simple, mystical poems that he would sing while wandering naked throughout the land had a profound influence on Sufis and dervishes and other ruba’i composers, especially Abu Sa’id, Ibn Sina and Omar Khayyam. Included in the Introduction… The Life, Times & Poetry of Baba Tahir Oryan, a History of the ruba’i and examples by its greatest exponents, Sufis & Dervishes: Their Art & Poetry. Selected Bibliography. The correct rhyme-structure has been kept as well as the beauty and meaning of these immortal four-line poems. Large Format Paperback 7” x 10” 187 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.” Dr. Mir Mohammad Taghavi (Dr. of Literature) 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.“I was very impressed with the beauty of these books.” Dr. R.K. Barz. Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University.“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, Lalla Ded, Mahsati, Amir Khusrau, Bulleh Shah, Iqbal, Ghalib, Dara Shikoh, Makhfi, Nazir Akbarbadi and many others, as well as his own poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, children’s books and a dozen screenplays.www.newhumanitybooks.com