Title: The Persian Mystics vol 1: Rumi (Wisdom of the East Series)
Author: Jalaluddin Rumi, F. Hadland Davis
Publisher: John Murray, 1912
Condition: Hardcover. A hard to find early edition of Sufism and Rumi in excellent condition. This book, Vol 1 of this series, is dedicated to Rumi. See photos for contents.
This book contains an overview of Sufism and brief biographies of early Sufi saints such as Hallaj and Rabi’a. The later section contains a biography of Rumi and selections from the Masnavi and Shams-i-Tabriz.
About Rumi (from Wikipedia):
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi’s importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. He has been described as the “most popular poet in America” and the “best selling poet in the US”.
Rumi’s works are written in Persian and his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia, and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language. His original works are widely read today in their original language across the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular, most notably in Turkey, Azerbaijan, the United States and South Asia. His poetry has influenced Persian literature as well as Turkish, Punjabi, Urdu and some other Iranian, Turkic and Indic languages written in Perso-Arabic script e.g. Pashto, Ottoman Turkish, Chagatai and Sindhi.