The Feats of the Knowers of God
This is a 14th-century biography of the famous Persian mystic poet and ‘Knower of God’, JalÄl al-DÄ«n-e RÅ«mÄ«, in the form of a large compendium of Sufi-style teaching stories. It was commissioned by a grandson about fifty years after RÅ«mÄ«’s death. The author-compiler, AflÄkÄ«, includes chapters on BahÄ’-e Valad (RÅ«mÄ«’s father), Shams al-DÄ«n-e TabrÄ«zÄ« (RÅ«mÄ«’s great love), SoltÌ£Än Valad and AmÄ«r ‘Ä€ref (RÅ«mÄ«’s son and grandson), and other transmitters of the spiritual Heritage of the MowlavÄ« 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 SaljÅ«q and Mongol period in Asia Minor. The translation has an extensive index of persons and concepts to assist readers and students.