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A 13th-century Persian poet devoted to "the religion of love," Rumi produced ecstatic love poems that have been compared to Shakespeare's sonnets for their literary brilliance, as well as to the words of Saint Francis of Assisi for their spiritual wisdom. Brad Gooch also introduces us to the dervish Shams of Tabriz, who taught Rumi to whirl and transformed him from a respectable Muslim preacher into a poet and mystic. Their vital connection as tutor and pupil, friend and beloved, is celebrated as one of the world's great spiritual love stories.
"Gooch's biography brings the political and intellectual tumult of the early medieval era to life, producing vivid characters and memorable portraits of urban experience."—NYTBR
"An excellent and accessible introduction to the profound and generous mystical vision of Rumi that will give Western readers a much needed insight into the true spirituality of Islam."—Karen Armstrong