Jalal al-Din Riimi (1207-73) was the greatest of the Persian mystical poets. In his extensive writings he explored the profound themes that had gradually evolved with the long succession of Sufi thinkers since the ninth century, such as the nature of truth, of beauty, and of our spiritual relationship with God.
Often described as the Bible of the Sufis, the Mathnawi belongs to the last period of Rtimi’s life, consisting of a series of tales that explore the eternal questions of life’s meaning and purpose. It draws its inspiration from the rich religious philosophy of the Sufis, and their belief that all things emanate from God and are moving towards ultimate reunion with Him. Riimi’s moral and Mystical teaching lends itself to universal application and displays with a light touch the wisdom that never plays on the surface without contemplating the hidden depths beneath.
Professor R. A. Nicholson translated Ramis greatest work in this attractive and accessible translation, together with brief yet illuminating explanatory notes. A wider readership can appreciate range and depth of Rurni’s intellect and imagination, and discov why it is so often said that in Rtimi the Persian mystical genius found its supreme expression.
The first three volumes, comprising the six parts of the text of the Mathnawi, have been typeset afresh elegantly for the present edition.