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Appendix Two Translation of the Tale of the Prankster who Donned the Veil and Sat among Women During a Religious Gathering (Mathnawī V:3325–3350)

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This appendix section presents a translation of the tale of the Prankster who donned the veil and sat among women during a religious gathering. The Mathnawī, the Mystical Epic of the great 13th century Persian mystic Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (d. 1273) contains many explicit sexual images and bawdy tales scattered over its more than 25,000 verses. In the context of medieval Persian mystical poetry Rūmī is the only mystic who employs bawdy tales and coarse language to convey mystical knowledge. Moreover, he is the only one whose work includes a representation of the phallus as an esoteric symbol.

Keywords: Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī; Mathnawī



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