First page of a Manuscript in the Biblio- theque Nationale, with the Caption THE BOOK OF LAYLA AND MAJ- NUN BY SHEIK NIZAMI Frontispiece 2. Layla and. Source: The Story of Layla and Majnun, by Nizami. Trans. R. Gelpke. Omega Publications, Darrow Road, New Lebanon, NY I liked this sweet little thing. Not well known in the West, Layla and Majnun were the “Romeo and Juliet” of Iran. The portrait of Majnun (who went mad over his.

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As soon as they tried to talk of anything else, he fell silent, or escaped, withdrawing into himself, as if drunk with sleep. There the family nursed him, comfort- ing him as best they could. In the name of Allah the Almighty and his prophet Mohammed I swear that I shall fight for you and your cause like a wolf, no, like a lion, with my sword and all my resources.

Like smoke rising from the fire he emerged from his hiding-place and continued on his way, composing poems and sing- ing them aloud to himself.

What does it suggest about the relationship between love and marriage in this culture?

Layla and Majnun (Nizami Ganjavi poem)

Hard is the awakening for people so deeply intoxicated by their dreams. Their eyes became blind and their ears deaf to the school and the world. But now there is hope. Devoured by hope and impatience he could hardly wait for the moment when he would be able to entrust his sorrow-child to the grace of the Almighty.


Full text of “The Story of Layla And Majnun”

In what way could this be said to be an at least partially happy ending? Only then did the hosts turn to the Sayyid, asking politely what he desired.

How do you think a society holding such attitudes would be liable to treat young women? Imagine yourself as the stag — the stag as the hunter and you layyla his victim!

The Story of Layla and Majnun

Could they decipher the secret code of signs and glances? Each memorj that has lft its trace with me Lingers for ever, as if part of me. You have only succeeded in making enemies of my friends.

Did she hope that a messenger might pass by or even call upon her? Who would have thought that a bitter drop could fall into the cup xnd their friendship?

Layla and Majnun

He could weave a magic spell with words, and make a stone melt with shame. But he eats and drinks very little, and if he is persuaded to sip the wine, he does so remembering his beloved.

Aloud he said to the bird: Enjoy this story in: A mistress like yours is worse than I none. They guarded her carefully and saw to it that Qays had no chance to meet her.

The old woman did not wait to be told twice. What did he do? Not of its own will does the shadow fall into the depth of the well, not by its own power does the moon rise in the sky to its zenith.


Who would not accept such a mighty warrior as his son-in-law? Away with you, make room! A true gentleman, he was strong and generous.

This man was briefed to propose, submissively like a beggar, in well cal- culated humility, but at the same time to offer presents like a king and to squander gold as if it were sand. They would leave food for him at the bottom of the garden in the hopes that one day he would come back inzami them out of the desert. It was a miracle that he remained unharmed. This morning the earth had hoisted a twin-coloured banner of red tulips and yellow roses; and the tulips nizamu vermilion-red petals, with black sun- spots, over the emerald-green carpet of the lawn, still glistening with pearls of dew.

Cut her to pieces, bum her, drown her; I shall not rebel against your decision. Other than my love, what is the sin of my heart, this heart which asks for your forgiveness? They were children and did not realize what they were drink- ing; no wonder they became drunk.

XLIII Although not all slaves in the Islamic world were black, and most Muslim blacks were not slaves, the stereotype of black slavery existed and turns up repeatedly in passages such as this.