MYSTICAL POEMS OF RUMI (I-II) (Selections from Diwan i Shams by Jalal al-Din Rumi) A. J. Arberry Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) has long been recognized as the greatest mystical poet of Islam, and it can well be argued that he is the supreme mystical poet of all mankind. Divan-i Shams by Rumi is a masterpiece of wisdom and eloquence expressing spiritual wisdom of the highest level through the use of mundane images.
He invites and deserves the most attentive and intensive study, by a succession of devoted scholars, whose combined explorations will vastly improve upon our first halting attempt. Future generations, as his poetry becomes wider known and more perfectly understood, will enjoy and applaud with increasing insight and enthusiasm the poems of this wisest, most penetrating, and saintliest of men. – A. J. Arberry *** “An excellent introduction to Rumi, the greatest mystical poet of Islam…. Rumis scope, like that of all great poets, is universal-reaching from sensuous luxuriance to the driest irony.” — Sherman Goldman, East- West Journal *** “[Rumi is] one of the world’s greatest lyrical poets in any language- as well as probably the most accessible and approachable representative of Islamic civilization for Western students.” – James W. Morris

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A. J. Arberry

A J. Arberry (1905-1969) was born at Buckland, Portsmouth and educated at the Pembroke College, Cambridge. He took a first in both parts of the Oriental Language Tripos in 1929 and was elected as the Junior Research Fellow by his College. During the period of 1932-1944 he worked, first as the head of the Classics Department of the Cairo University and then as the Assistant Librarian of the India Office, London. In 1944, he was appointed to the chair of Persian at the London University. In 1946, he became Professor of Arabic and Head of the Near and Middle East Department and in the following year he returned to Pembroke as Sir Thomas Adam’s Professor of Arabic, a post which he held for the remainder of his life.

A profound and inspiring teacher, he was also an immensely prolific and versatile writer, publishing over sixty works on a wide range of topics in Arabic and Persian studies as well on the facets of Islamic languages and civilization. His translation of the Qur’ān is regarded among the best to be produced in the English language.


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