By Afzal Iqbal
Rumi might be the single instance in international literature of a faithful prose author who without warning burst forth into poetry in the course of heart age to develop into a very nice mystical poet forever. This ebook, a long-overdue reckoning of his existence and paintings, starts with an outline and exam of the dwelling stipulations in 13th-century Persia. development in this context, Afzal Iqbal proceeds to totally learn the formative interval of Rumi's lifestyles major as much as 1261--when he begun the enormous paintings of writing the Mathnawi. towards the tip of the booklet, Iqbal extra as a rule investigates Rumi's concept and contains translations of these parts of the Mathnawi which have been hitherto unavailable in English. Combining an unprecedented familiarity with the resource fabric, a complete and demanding realizing of the topic, and a strong and readable prose variety, this is often a rare examine of a very awesome poet and mystic.