Hampton Books, £12.99
Rumi's Little Book of Life, By Rumi
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 01 February 2013
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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