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Malak Jan Nemati: Without scent

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Malak Jan Nemati: Without scent
 
 
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Photo: Malak Jân on a wooden bench outside her room. Malak Jân Nemati (1906-1993), affectionately nicknamed Jâni, was born on December 11, 1906 in Jeyhounabad, a village in Persian Kurdistan where she spent most of her life.* Although she lived in a remote location, she was well aware of the problems and challenges of her time. By the age of 20, Malak Jân was completely blinded, a condition she viewed not as an affliction, but as an opportunity for learning and personal development. In spite of her disability and fragile physique, she grew to be revered in her community and beyond as a sage and saint-like figure who was devoted to the service and advancement of humanity, especially the empowerment and equality of women and preservation of the rights of children.
 

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Without scent
Without color
My Beloved is One
Without scent or color
No wrath or affection
No temperament or mood
No time or place
Neither ancient nor new
Ascribing any quality to the Beloved
Is blasphemy through and through
Rendering me blasphemous
And ignorant too
O heart, won’t you stir yourself to join the Beloved
Cease your diversions with these scents and colors!

(Malak Jân Nemati)
 

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Recommended Reading:

'Alone with the Alone'
by Henry Corbin (Author), Ralph Manheim (Translator)


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"Henry Corbin's works are the best guide to the visionary tradition.... Corbin, like Scholem and Jonas, is remembered as a scholar of genius. He was uniquely equipped not only to recover Iranian Sufism for the West, but also to defend the principal Western traditions of esoteric spirituality."


(From the introduction by Harold Bloom)

Henry Corbin (d. 1978) was professor of Islamic religion at the Sorbonne and director of the department of Iranic studies at the Institut franco-iranien in Tehran. His wide-ranging work included the first translations of Heidegger into French, studies in Swedenborg and Boehme, writings on the Grail and angelology, and definitive translations of and commentary on Persian Islamic/Sufi texts. He introduced us to such seminal terms as the 'imaginal' realm, ta'wil, and 'theophany' into Western psychospiritual thought. His published works include Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn Arabi, Avicenna and the Visionary Recital, and The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism.

Ralph Manheim (b. New York, 1907) was an American translator of German and French literature. His translating career began with a translation of Mein Kempf in which Manheim set out to reproduce Hitler's idiosyncratic, often grammatically aberrant style. In collaboration with John Willett, Manheim translated the works of Bertolt Brecht. The Pen/Ralph Manheim Medal for translation, inaugurated in his name, is a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. He himself won its predecessor, the PEN translation prize, in 1964. Manheim died in Cambridge in 1992. He was 85.

Ralph Manheim (b. New York, 1907) was an American translator of German and French literature. His translating career began with a translation of Mein Kempf in which Manheim set out to reproduce Hitler's idiosyncratic, often grammatically aberrant style. In collaboration with John Willett, Manheim translated the works of Bertolt Brecht. The Pen/Ralph Manheim Medal for translation, inaugurated in his name, is a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. He himself won its predecessor, the PEN translation prize, in 1964. Manheim died in Cambridge in 1992. He was 85.
 
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