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The Forty Rules of

Love














She was born in 1971 and is the author of six novels, including The Forty

Rules of Love, The Bastard of Istanbul, The Gaze, The Saint of Incipient

Insanities and The Flea Palace, and one work of non-fiction. She teaches

at the University of Arizona and divides her time between the US and

Istanbul.

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The

Forty Rules

OF Love

ELIF SHAFAK



VIKING

an imprint of

PENGUIN BOOKS

VIKING

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yet then he paused as if he had just



disheartened, almost guilty. My father, too, seemed

troubled, suddenly inspecting his shoes. Once again it was the young woman who came to my





Slowly, forlornly, the young woman shook her head and whispered in my e

were not talking about Kerra, his second wife. You were talking about Gevher, the mother of his









I realized I h

me to speak. She has dark brown almond eyes, pretty freckles, and she wears a long yellow



ts me to tell you about

her slippers. They are made of bright orange silk and embroidered with small red flowers. They





Upon saying that, the scholar lapsed into silence, scratching his beard, his expression solemn and

distant. But when he spoke again, his voice was gentle and friendly, without a trace of gloom.

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been there before. At that moment, I knew my encounter with Rumi was going to have far-

reaching consequences. I had never been close to my mother, but as if to compensate for her

lack, God was giving me two fathers, my real father and my adopted father.

nowledge. Kerra

especially his elder son, who in time became a big brother to me.

In the end the hermit was right. As much as I missed my father and siblings, there h

happy days under this roof.

That is, until Shams of Tabriz came. His presence changed everything.







Ella

NORTHAMPTON, JUNE 9, 2008

Being one who had never enjoyed solitude, Ella found she preferred it lately. Immersed in

putting the final touches to her editorial report on Sweet Blasphemy, she had asked Michelle for

another week to turn it in. She could have finished earlier, but she did not want to. The task gave

her an excuse to retreat into her mind and shun family duties and long-awaited marital

confrontations. This week, for the first time, she skipped the Fusion Cooking Club, unwilling to

cook and chat with fifteen women who had similar lives at a time

do with hers. She called in sick at the last minute.

Ella treated her communication with Aziz as a secret, of which suddenly she had way too many.

n it; the literary

report on; and her children and husband did not know anything regarding what the novel was

about, the author, or the flirtation. In the span of a few weeks, she had converted from a woman

whose life was as transparent as the skin of a newborn baby into a woman wallowing in secrets

and lies. What surprised her even more than this change was seeing that it did not disturb her in

the least. It was as if she were waiting, confidently and patiently, for something momentous to

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salwar: loose pants

saqui: one who serves wine

sema: the spiritual dance of whirling dervishes

semazenbashi: a dance master

Shafi, Hanefi, Hanbali, and Maliki: the four schools of law of Sunni Islam

sharia: 1. a set of Islamic laws and regulations; 2. the mainstream; main venue

tafsir: interpretation or commentary,

Tahafut al-Tahafut: The Incoherence of the Incoherence, by Averroës, in which the author

defends Aristotelian philosophy in Islamic thought

tariqa: a Sufi order, or the way, the mystical path

tasbih: a rosary

zikr: remembrance of God

























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Sources

While writing this novel I benefited greatly from my readings of the Mathnawi by R. A.

Nicholson and The Autobiography of Shams-

Refik Algan, Franklin D. Lewis, and Annemarie Schimmel.

The poems by Rumi were from the following sources:

William Chittick, The Sufi Path of Love, Albany: State University of New York, 1983

Coleman Barks, A Year with Rumi, New York: Harper Collins, 2006, and The Essential Rumi,

1995

Kabir Helminski, The Rumi Collection, Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2005

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubaiyat_of_Omar_Khayyám

Of the two translations of the verse

M. H. Shakir, 1993), the second is by Ahmed Ali (Al-

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001)



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubaiyat_of_Omar_Khayy%C3%A1m

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