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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
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Published March 15th 1974 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1968)
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David
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 Amazon.com, 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.
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Too metaphorical for my taste.
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Nice translations. Very insightful mystical poems.
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Works so strangely at odds with the convulsive currents of contemporary Islam.
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Jun 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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...
Lorrie
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Beautiful collection of poetry. Every word seems perfect.
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Been skimming through this since a friend gave me a copy fifteen years ago. Rather enjoyable, really.
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Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages, and he has been described as the most popular poet and the best-selling poet in the United States.

His poetry has influenced Persian literature, but also Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the l
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