London & The Hague: East-West Publications, 1980, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Number 8 in the series. Contains: Black & white plates; Frontispiece;
From the cover: Jalaloddin Rumis status as a poet cannot be overrated. His poetry has had a profound influence on the literatures of Turkey, Iran and Muslim India. And as mystico-didactic poetry, its influence has extended beyond the literary spheres, to the extent that it is regarded as one of the fundaments of the Sufi orders, in particular the Mevlevi order, better known in the West as the Whirling Dervishes. A comprehension of this duality in his poetry is vital to achieving an understanding of Rumi as a man. Jalaloddin Rumi was both poet and mystic, each role implicit in and dependent on the other. Professor Schimmel conducts a meticulous examination of Rumis vast output, with frequent references to the original texts, and copious documentation for the academic reader. Essentially a literary analysis, this book does not disregard the spiritual elements of Rumis poetry which alludes to every strand of the mysticism developed during the first 600 years of Islam. Yet these expressions of mystical and spiritual unity are balanced by Rumis use of numerous images drawn from all shades of human and animal life, an aspect that the author does not allow to be overshadowed. Through her dedicated commitment to scholarship, Professor Schimmel presents a valuable study of a man whom A. J. Arberry has described as one of the worlds greatest mystical poets, if not the greatest.
In the Persian Studies series.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVIII] 510 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.