Rumi Past and Present, East and West by Franklin D Lewis is a very comprehensive Rumi biography. It is evident from every page he painstakingly wrote. If you are interested in Rumi and want to get to know him better before reading his work, this book is for you.
Rumi Past and Present, East and West offers a very extensive Rumi biography in 15 chapters and seven hundred and ninety pages. You can learn a lot about those before him, those after him, Shams and the notables of his time, and you can see their effects on him. The book contains a lot of information about his poems, texts and translations throughout the world. It also covers the people who study Rumi in various countries, the history and current situation of the Mevlevi order.
I was most surprised by Rumi’s influence in the West. There is a curiosity about him that dates back to much earlier than I think. And if we look at his current popularity, I believe that as long as the world exists, the love of Rumi will continually increase. It is a highly comprehensive, objective and good book. I’m sure the Rumi enthusiasts will love it too. Enjoy!
Rumi Past and Present East and West
Drawing on a vast array of sources, from writings of the poet himself to the latest scholarly literature. This new anniversary edition of the award-winning work examines the background, the legacy. And so the continuing significance of Jalâl al-Din Rumi, today’s bestselling poet in the United States. With new translations of over fifty of Rumi’s poems and including never before seen prose. This landmark study celebrates the astounding appeal of Rumi, still as strong as ever, 800 years after his birth.
Franklin D. Lewis is an Associate Professor of Persian Language and Literature. And Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and so Civilizations at the University of Chicago. With affiliations to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.
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