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The Gift: Poems by the Great Sufi Master Summary
Hafez

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The Gift: Poems by the Great Sufi Master Summary

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Hafiz is a poet in fourteenth-century Persia in the Sufi tradition that encompassed Gnosticism, the wisdom schools of Pythagoras and Plato as well as many of the principals and formulations of Islam. He was schooled in the traditional medieval tradition, which meant he studied Koranic law and theology, grammar, mathematics and astronomy. On his own, he studied calligraphy, which was the only permitted art in the Islamic world at the time, since it could be used to transcribe and preserve the Koranic law. His acquaintance with the Koran, a book he memorized as a child, alongside his love for and intimate love of poetry, which was also celebrated in his childhood hometown of Shiraz, allowed him to find employment as a royal poet and college professor.

His poetry was fruit of the poetic tradition of the day, but also raw and intimate on a level...

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