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Rumi's World: The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet (Shambhala dragon editions) [Paperback]

Annemarie Schimmel
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11 Mar 2002 Shambhala dragon editions
This book (previously published as I Am Wind, You Are Fire ) celebrates the extraordinary career of Persia's great mystical poet, Rumi (1207–1273), through the story of his life, along with an enlightening examination of his ecstatic verse. Rumi lived the quiet life of a religious teacher in Anatolia until the age of thirty-seven, when he came under the influence of a whirling dervish, Shams Tabriz, and was moved to a state of mystical ecstasy. One of the results of this ecstasy was a prodigious output of poems about the search for the lost Divine Beloved, whom Rumi identified with Shams. To symbolize this search, Rumi also invented the famous whirling dance of the Melevi dervishes, which are performed accompanied by the chanting of Rumi's poems. Professor Schimmel illuminates the symbolism and significance of Rumi's vast output and offers her own translations of some of his most famous poems.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (11 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877736111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877736110
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 15.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely introduction to the poet. 6 Oct 2013
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After a few friends were quoting from Rumi I decided to investigate the poet and this was the first book I bought . A lovely introduction to the poet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rumi's world 23 Feb 2013
By Mr B
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A lovely introduction to Rumi, beginning almost like a tourist guide to his life: the fact that this is still in print speaks for its clarity and sensistivity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best introductions to the life and works of Rumi you can find 29 Jun 2007
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Origninaly called "I am wind, you are fire" This is perhaps one of the best introductions to the life and works of Rumi around by one of the greatest scholars of Rumi in our modern times (sadly professor Schimmel has now passed away)

The book is well documented and easy to read covering the basics of Rumis life and teachings both placing them in their correct historical and religious context; none of this modernist revisionist Rumi poetry that is being passed around as the great mans works this is an authentic biography of his life.

Exellent read, check out Iqbal, Arberry and Nicholson after this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful account of Mawlana's life, poetry and teachings. 18 Aug 1999
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This book is very beautifully written; though a work of prose it reads like poetry--such is the beauty of the language. Indeed, such writing is befitting of the subject: the great Islamic saint and Sufi mystic Mawlana Jalal ud Deen Rumi [may his secret be sanctified!].
IN this aspect it too succeeds dealing with all apsects of Mawlana's life in detail and with great love and enthusiasm which shines through in each line. If you are interested in Mawlana Rumi--get this book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Reductionist Rumi 20 Sep 2007
By JohnG - Published on
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I am not sure I should write this review, since I have been unable to finish the book so far. The author's pedigree is also intimidating. Yet this book is a cold emotionless dissection, mostly uninteresting except for an academic who has long lost the sense of who or what he's studying. The book takes Rumi apart like a corpse on a slab. To get through it so far, I've escaped periodically to Coleman Bark's Essential Rumi. His brief introduction and forward alone provides more insight into what Rumi is about than the three-quarters of the book I've managed to struggle through so far.
Prodded on by the other reviews to the suspicion that I may have missed something here, I plan to finish the book and reread it again. Yet I should warn others that reading this book as an introduction to Rumi may be like viewing a bearskin rug as an introduction to wildlife. After a reread, I will revisit this review, perhaps reedit it at that time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is not the work of Rumi, it's only the author's interpretations and historical recollection 31 Oct 2007
By Pablo - Published on
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I expected to get a transcript of the actual works from Rumi to read and interpret myself. That is not the case with this book. While it does provide the historical context (that's why I gave him 2 stars instead of 1), the author feeds his views and opinions in front of the actual text by Rumi. My opinion of the author's style is poor, at best.
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