The Gift: Poems by the Great Sufi Master Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why were Hafiz's poems destroyed by the fundamentalist Islamic leadership?

The Islamic fundamentalist leadership destroyed many of Hafiz's poems because they believed it was blasphemy to claim intimacy with God.

2. What does Hafiz believe about the power of God and his power in the world of men?

Hafiz believes that God is too powerful and benevolent to resort to intimidation or condemnation in order to elicit devotion.

3. What did Queen Victoria do with the poetry of Hafiz when she read it during her reign?

Queen Victoria used Hafiz's poetry in the same way a person might consult horoscopes or astrologers for guidance.

4. What is the ratio of copies of Hafiz's work in relation to the Quran in his own hometown city of Shiraz?

In Shiraz, there are as many copies of his Divan as there are of the Quran, even as tightly controlled and fundamentalist leaning as the climate is there.

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