By Leonard Lewisohn

Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-73), founding father of the Mevlevi Sufi order of “Whirling Dervishes,” is the best-selling poet in the US at the present time. The wide-ranging charm of his paintings is such that UNESCO declared 2007 to be “International Rumi Year.” although, his writings characterize even more than love poetry. Rumi used to be one of many preeminent thinkers of Sufism, the esoteric kind of Islam. during this groundbreaking choice of thirteen essays on Rumi, a number of the world’s best gurus within the box of Islamic experiences and Persian Literature speak about the key non secular issues in his poetry and teachings. as well as discussing the information of affection, ecstasy, and song in Rumi’s Sufi poetry, the essays provide new old and theological views on his paintings. The immortality of the soul, freewill, the character of punishment and gift, and the connection of Islam to Christianity are all lined, on the way to deliver Rumi’s poetry accurately into the context of the Sufi culture to which he belonged. Please observe: This book comprises international characters that will not be noticeable on all book devices.

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