As one of the world's most loved poets, Rumi's poems are celebrated for their beauty, but too often they are stripped of their spiritual meanings. Situating Rumi's life and art against the broader backdrop of Islamic mysticism, Emily Jane O'Dell supplies a richness and authenticity that is lacking in many Westernized conceptions of his work. While providing translations from Rumi's poetry, O'Dell discusses his conception of the "religion of love" which transcends all belief systems.
"Personal, inspiring, and transporting…. One part memoir, one part introduction to a great poet sage, and itself a gift."—Gish Jen