A Treasury of Rumi: Guidance on the Path of Wisdom and Unity is a beautiful anthology of Rumi’s teachings. It is freshly translated and supplemented with commentaries and also includes selected texts in Persian. The aim is to bring readers closer to his work's true, traditional meaning – and to the man himself as a well-known Islamic scholar and teacher.
Besides illustrating the traditional basis of Rumi’s teachings, this treasury displays his great ability to write, whose voice speaks as clearly and compellingly today as in the 7th/13th century.
About The Author
Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley is Lead Curator for Persian and Turkish Collections at the British Library, London. His main research specialisations are the palaeography, codicology, illumination and cataloguing of Islamic manuscripts; and the classical verse and prose literature of Islamic spirituality.
Among the numerous works edited by Dr Waley are Islamic Codicology: an Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script; the English translation of Tafsir al-Jalalayn; several works by Sheikh Muhammad Mutawalli al-Sha’rawi; the Integrated Encyclopedia of Qur’an; and the Kitab al-Adhkar of Imam al-Nawawi.
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist and theologian.
Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. Iranians, Turks, Cappadocian Greeks, Afghans, Tajiks, and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his 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 mostly in Persian, though a few written in the lower status vernacular (Cappadocian Greek) of the region in which he settled are preserved. 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 (Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and parts of Persian speaking Central Asia and the Caucasus). 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 that have been influenced by Persian, e.g. Pashto, Ottoman Turkish, Chagatai and Sindhi.
Author: Rumi & Muhammad Isa Waley
Publisher: Kube Publishing
Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 2cm
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