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Questions tagged [the-forty-rules-of-love]

Questions related to Elif Şafak's novel The Forty Rules of Love. Use this tag with the [elif-shafak] tag.

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Are 'The Forty Rules of Love' real?

One of the best-selling 21st-century novels, The Forty Rules of Love, shows historical fiction employing the love of Shams of Tabraiz and Mevlana Rumi. Were those 40 rules by Shams or were they made ...
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Why did Shams refuse to sleep with Kimya?

Towards the end of Elif Şafak's The Forty Rules of Love, specifically the book-within-a-book Sweet Blasphemy which is largely a retelling of the real-life story of Shams and Rumi, Shams gets married ...
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Was The Forty Rules of Love originally written in Turkish or in English?

I was trying to figure out whether or not to use the turkish-literature tag for my questions here about Elif Şafak's novel The Forty Rules of Love, i.e. whether or not the book was originally written ...
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The Forty Rules of Love - what kind of “love”?

In Elif Safak's novel The Forty Rules of Love, Shams has a list of rules which he calls the Forty Rules of Love and encourages everyone to live by. What kind of "love" are these rules trying to govern?...
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Why include the frame story in The Forty Rules of Love?

The book The Forty Rules of Love contains two stories told in parallel: firstly, the story of Ella and Aziz in the 21st century; secondly, the story of Rumi and Shams in the 13th century as told by ...
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How do the letters S, U, F, I symbolise the stages of Aziz's life?

In Elif Şafak's novel The Forty Rules of Love, in Aziz's correspondence with Ella, he tells her his life story, completing the final part when he meets her in person. Each part of his life he refers ...