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A Divine Friendship

In 1244 Islam’s most celebrated poet and mystic, Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, met a man who would change his life. James Cowan’s book Warriors of Love interprets the influence that Shams of Tabriz had over Rumi, his poetry, and his love for God. The following excerpt…

Tales from Rumi

The Persian poet Rumi, who wrote in the 13th Century, has become increasingly popular today. This is an extract from Tales from Rumi: Essential Selections from the Mathnawi, introduced by Alan Jacobs and translated by E. H. Whinfield. This selection comes from his monumental work,…

Gandhi’s Memorable Quotations

Edited by Alan Jacobs, this book is an inspiring collection of Gandhi’s writings covers topics such as non-violence, truth, prejudice, sex, vegetarianism, simplicity, religion, fasting, work, education – and Gandhi’s own exemplary life. Here you can read an extract from the book, an assortment of…