Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-73), founder of the Mevlevi Sufi order of “Whirling Dervishes,” is the best-selling poet in America today. The wide-ranging appeal of his work is such that UNESCO declared 2007 to be “International Rumi Year.” However, his writings represent much more than love poetry. Rumi was one of the preeminent thinkers of Sufism, the esoteric form of Islam. In this groundbreaking collection of 13 essays on Rumi, many of the world’s leading authorities in the field of Islamic Studies and Persian Literature discuss the major religious themes in his poetry and teachings. In addition to discussing the ideas of love, ecstasy, and music in Rumi’s Sufi poetry, the essays offer new historical and theological perspectives on his work. The immortality of the soul, freewill, the nature of punishment and reward, and the relationship of Islam to Christianity are all covered, in order to bring Rumi’s poetry properly into the context of the Sufi tradition to which he belonged.
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About the Author
Leonard Lewisohn is Senior Lecturer in Persian and Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow in Classical Persian and Sufi Literature at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter. He is the author of Beyond Faith and Infidelity: The Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmud Shabistari and editor of three volumes on The Heritage of Sufism. Lewisohn is also the editor of the Mawlana Rumi Review, an annual journal devoted to the work of Rumi.
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When Islam met Tantra in India, Sufism is what emerged from the encounter. While Sufism does not delve into the physical ecstasy of Tantra, it does seek the transcendence of the soul. Rumi states quite clearly that he cannot describe that experience because there are no words to do so. This is why it must be experienced. One can easily discern that there is truth in Sufism, as it speaks to our most inner selves. Therefore, I recommend this work to anyone who is on a spiritual journey. You may find truths that will guide you along your path.