Four Volumes: Translation & Commentary (Set)

Four Volumes: Translation & Commentary (Set)

Jalal al-Din Riimi (1207-73) was the greatest of the Persian mystical poets. In his extensive writings he explored the profound themes that had gradually evolved with the long succession of Sufi thinkers since the ninth century, such as the nature of truth, of beauty, and of our spiritual relationship with God.
Often described as the Bible of the Sufis, the Mathnawi belongs to the last period of Rtimi’s life, consisting of a series of tales that explore the eternal questions of life’s meaning and purpose. It draws its inspiration from the rich religious philosophy of the Sufis, and their belief that all things emanate from God and are moving towards ultimate reunion with Him. Riimi’s moral and Mystical teaching lends itself to universal application and displays with a light touch the wisdom that never plays on the surface without contemplating the hidden depths beneath.
Professor R. A. Nicholson translated Ramis greatest work in this attractive and accessible translation, together with brief yet illuminating explanatory notes. A wider readership can appreciate range and depth of Rurni’s intellect and imagination, and discov why it is so often said that in Rtimi the Persian mystical genius found its supreme expression.
The first three volumes, comprising the six parts of the text of the Mathnawi, have been typeset afresh elegantly for the present edition.


Reynold A. Nicholson

Reynold A. Nicholson (1868-1945) was an English Orientalist who exercised a lasting influence on Islamic studies. Educated at Aberdeen University and Cambridge, Nicholson was a lecturer in Persian (1902-26) and Sir Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic (1926-33) at Cambridge. He was a leading scholar in the fields of Islamic literature and mysticism. His Literary History of the Arabs (1907) remains the standard work on that subject in English, while his many text editions and translations of Sufi writings culminating in his eight-volume Mathnawi of Ja15.1 al-Din Iturni (1925-40), eminently advanced the study of Muslim mystics. He combined exact scholarship with notable literary gifts; some of his versions of Arabic and Persian poetry entitle him to be considered a poet in his own right. His deep understanding of Islam and of the Muslim peoples was all the more remarkable in that he never travelled outside Europe. A shy and retiring man, he proved himself an inspiring teacher and an original thinker.


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