Rumi's Little Book of Life, By Rumi

 

What is it about this 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic that continues to captivate us? So asks the Iranian academic, Narguess Farzad, in her introduction to this new collection, beautifully and lucidly translated by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin.

Divided into three sections – soul, heart and spirit, this book more than answers her question. From playful to pastoral, from majestic metaphysical poetry to paeans to love, they show that Rumi's God lay not in the mosque or temple but within the soul.

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