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, The Mathnawi, perhaps the longest mystical poem ever written, containing 24,000 verses in rhyming couplets.

The translation of The Mathnawi by E.H. Whinfield is presented with a short prose summary of each story followed by two or three samples of Rumi’s original verse, with subheadings to explain which part of the story is being described. The page numbers after the story titles and subheadings refer to the original Lucknow edition of The Mathnawi. Thanks to E.H. Whinfield’s translation and commentary, these tales, filled with Sufi wisdom, insight, and humor, are wonderfully accessible to a wide audience.

This book is part of a Watkins Publishing’s series of sacred texts, selected from the major writings of the world’s spiritual traditions.