Sufism is the mystical dimension of Islam. Poetry has been the most powerful vehicle for conveying Sufi ideas from the early flowering of mystical Islam in Baghdad to the later heights that it reached through Jalaluddin Rumi (d.1273) and Jami (d.1492) in Iran. Starting with the writings of early Mystics Hasan Al Basri(d728), Rabia Basri (d801) Al Hallaj and Shibli from 9th century AD Baghdad we will move to the 12th Century with Ibn Arabi in Spain and Ibn Farid of Cairo, to the Maghrib of Abul Ala Al Maari, then to the Persia of Aynul Quddat Hamddhani, Attar and Rumi, Araqi and Jami, Maghrabi,Yunus Emre of Turkey (d.
1321), Mir, Kabir and many other great mystic poets.
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