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This is a definitive guide to the life and work of Jall al-Din Rumi. Franklin D. Lewis's text considers not just the man, but also his times, his legacy, and his role in a changing world.
Jalalu'l-Din Rumi is the United States' best-selling poet. His work is revered by followers from all walks of life, and his popularity has become a modern phenomenon. Written by a renowned Persian scholar, this is a new and definitive guide to this profoundly mystical, perennially popular Sufi poet.
Eight stylishly and accessibly written chapters lead the reader toward a deeper understanding of this poet's timeless message. An exploration of medieval Islam provides a fascinating new insight into Rumi's age, placing him spiritually and culturally into context, while a consideration of his impact upon Western consciousness explains the poet's relevance to the late twentieth century. Close readings of these exquisite poems, along with new translations from the original Persian by the author, make this an exciting book.