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Unformatted text preview: He killed me with a sideways glance: Persian Ghazal by Nizami Mara ba ghamza kusht, o qaza ra bahana sakht Khud suye ma na deed, o haya ra bahana sakht Raftam ba masjidi ke babinam jamal-e dost Dasti ba rukh kashid, o dua ra bahana sakht Daste ba dosh-e ghair, nihade bar-e karam Mara chun deed laghzish-e pa ra bahana sakht Zahid na dasht tab-e jamal-e pari rukhan Kunji girift o yad-e khuda ra bahana sakht by Nizami Ganjavi: Persian Sufi poet, 1141-1209 Key Vocabulary: Bahana : an excuse, a pretext Sakht : he made Zahid : an ascetic who takes on a life of poverty and isolates himself from human society, in order to concentrate on God through prayers, fasting and contemplation. The zahid and the Alim, or religious scholar, are often contrasted to the Sufi and the lover, even though many Sufis were themselves avid practitioners of ascetic exercises.to the Sufi and the lover, even though many Sufis were themselves avid practitioners of ascetic exercises....
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