The Mokâshefât-e Razavi: A 17th-Century Commentary on The Masnavi


The author of the article, who has published a critical edition of the Mokâshefât-e Razavi (Tehran: Sorush, Enteshârât-e Sedâ vo Simâ, 1381 / 2002), describes the contents of this text, written in 1084/1673 by a Shiite who had served at the court of the Mughal emperor Aurangzebe.  The prose is relatively unadorned and the author avoids the tendency of many commentators to explain the Masnavi in terms of Ibn ‛Arabi’s theosophy.  Occasionally, however, the author – perhaps because Persian is not his native language – makes rather obvious mistakes in interpreting the meaning of the text (though this is not uncommon in other Masnavi commentaries).  Lahori carries on a conversation with the remarks of other commentators,  but his own coverage of the various books of the Masnavi is not uniform, and he leaves many verses unexplained.  The present article explains these and other features of the commentary.



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