This is the most accessible work in English on the greatest mystical poet of Islam, providing a survey of the basic Sufi and Islamic doctrines concerning god and the world, the role of man in the cosmos, the need for religion, man's ultimate becoming, the state and the station of the mystical ascent to God, and the means whereby literature employs symbols to express 'unseen' realities.
William Chittick translates into English for the first time certain aspects of Rumi's work. He selected and rearranges Rumi's poetry and prose in order to leave aside unnecessary complications characteristic of other English translations and to present Rumi's ideas in an orderly fashion, yet in his own words. Through, non technical introduction to each chapter, and selection that gradually present a greater veriety of terms and images make this work easily accessible to those interested in the spirituality of any tradition.
About the Author:
William C. Chittick is a leading translator and interpreter of classical Islamic philosophical and mystical texts. He is best known for his groundbreaking work on Rumi and Ibn 'Arabi, and has written extensively on the school of Ibn 'Arabi, Islamic philosophy, Shi'ism, and Islamic cosmology.