Book: The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-YezdiAuthor: Sir Richard BurtonDate: 1880
The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi is an English-language poem written by "Haji Abdu El-Yezdi", a pseudonym of the true author, Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), British Arabist and explorer. In a note to readers, Burton claimed to be the translator of the poem, to which he gave the English title "Lay of the Higher Law." It is a pseudo translation, pretending to have had an original Farsi (Persian) text, which never existed. The Kasidah is essentially a distillation of Sufi thought in the poetic idiom of that mystical tradition; Burton had hoped to bring Sufism ideas to the West
Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (1821-1890) was an English explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. Famous for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures - he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.
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