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Rumi, who wrote and preached in Persia during the thirteenth century, was inspired by a wandering mystic, or dervish, named Shams al-Din. Rumi's vast body of poetry includes a lengthy poem of religious mysticism, the Mathnavi, and more than three thousand lyrics and odes. A.J. Arberry, who selected four hundred of the lyrics for translation, calls Rumi "one of the world's ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 15th 1974 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1968)
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A Baha'i friend loaned me this volume of poems by Rumi. I read a few selections each day during the Baha'i Fast, March 2-20. The cover of the edition pictured above is from 1968. I expect to receive the 2009 edition any day now from, and it includes 200 more poems that were previously published as Volume 2 in 1979. Translations by A.J. Arberry are outstanding.

I have several volumes of Rumi poetry. This collection was completely new to me.
Mike Soto
Jun 22, 2008 Mike Soto rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: aspiring dervishes.
Shelves: poetry
Probably the most faithful English translation of Rumi to date, with the Islamic mysticism that Coleman Barks waters down for American readers intact. Props to A.J. Arberry.

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I got this book for Christmas because every book about spirituality I've read lately has mentioned Rumi. I don't know if this is the right place to start, but...
Works so strangely at odds with the convulsive currents of contemporary Islam.
Beautiful collection of poetry. Every word seems perfect.
Jul 23, 2007 Greg rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Nice translations. Very insightful mystical poems.
Too metaphorical for my taste.
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Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: مولانا جلال الدین محمد رومی), also known as Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Balḫī (Persian: محمد بلخى) or Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi, but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi , was a 13th century Persian (Tādjīk) poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian. Rumi is a descriptive name meaning "the Roman" since he lived most par
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