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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: 15.1 x 1.7 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Mr B on 23 Feb. 2013
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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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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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One of the best introductions to the life and works of Rumi you can find 29 Jun. 2007
By Gogol - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
Rumi belongs to the Islamic world view. . . 24 Feb. 2015
By AWAIR Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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Rumi was a Muslim. ..
Let's be clear about this. With all the fuss about Rumi and the whole New Age Sufi thing, it is all too easy to forget that Rumi was a Muslim. Rumi was the sort of person he was because he was a Muslim and not inspite of that fact. He founded the Muslim Sufi order that today in the 21st century is the largest Sufi order in the world. . .the Mevlevi (popularly known as the whirling dervishes). We should all remember the fact that we are talking about the impact of a Muslim who lead an order of passionate Muslims in the thirteenth century. . .and has a such a following today. The names of extremist terrorists acting in the name of Islam today will not be remembered, let alone have a following. . . a hundred years from now. Professor Schimmel places Rumi squarely in the Islamic perspective, which is where he belongs. This book provides the best short introduction to his life and thought within that context.

Teachers and Librarians:
Suitable for 9th grade to adult. . . social studies/language arts
6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Reductionist Rumi 20 Sept. 2007
By JohnG - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
Sept.07
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This is not the work of Rumi, it's only the author's interpretations and historical recollection 31 Oct. 2007
By Pablo - Published on Amazon.com
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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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