The Ocean of the Soul: Man, the World, and God in the Stories of Farid Al-Din 'Attar

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgementsvii
Translator's Prefacexi
Introduction1
Chapter One: Death and Transitoriness34
Chapter Two: The World46
Chapter Three: Distress, Suffering and Oppression: A Theodicy55
Chapter Four: The Religious Situation65
Chapter Five: The Unquenched Drive for Knowledge77
Chapter Six: Worldly People91
Chapter Seven: Men of Power107
Chapter Eight: The Emotional Attitude of the Pious133
Chapter Nine: The Poet on Himself151
Chapter Ten: Strife with God: The Fool165
Chapter Eleven: The Value of Life. This World and the Hereafter. Overcoming Fear of Death188
Chapter Twelve: Renunciation of the World and Asceticism198
Chapter Thirteen: Trust in God's Providence217
Chapter Fourteen: Contentedness and Poverty227
Chapter Fifteen: The Interpretation of Suffering. Patience— Gratitude—Contentment238
Chapter Sixteen: The Transformation and Conquest of Sorrow and Suffering256
Chapter Seventeen: God's Mercy and Kindness264

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