Love: The Joy That Wounds
The Love Poems of Rumi, with calligraphy by Lassaâd Metoui and a preface by Jean Claude Carriere.
The love poems by the great thirteenth-century Persian poet, Jelaluddin Rumi, founder of the Whirling Dervishes of Sufism, are both mystical and a mystery. Are they addressed to his mentor, the wandering Shams of Tabriz (who converted him to a life of joy when he was thirty-eight), or to God, or to a lover?
Reflecting the complexities and paradoxes of love and devotion – separation, cruelty, and break-up – they are poems of great power and emotional intensity, of exuberant passion and overflowing imagination.
Though seemingly addressed to a lover, in their imagery they encompass the universe and are metaphors of love in its physical form, reinforced by amazing rhythms, which echo the dance of the whirling dervishes.
Lassaậd Metoui, the renowned Arabic calligrapher, has beautifully captured the atmosphere and movement of the poems in this collection.
Rumi, the great poet of Sufism, is the world’s bestselling poet. Born in Persia in 1211 he composed thousands of poems that have continued to be chanted on pilgrimages and during religious ceremonies since. Celebrated as a mystic he founded the order of Whirling Dervishes of Sufism, which spread throughout the Islamic world after his death.
“This seductive little book makes the ideal gift for anyone you hold dear to your heart… What loved one could fail to be impressed by such timeless beauty, exploring the wonder of the human condition.”
“The poems… express so much of the intoxication of love, are accompanied by the beautiful calligraphy of Lassaad Metoui which reflects in a complementary medium the swirl of the emotions.”
‘The Catholic Herald’
“The enduring message of love, mercy and compassion championed by… one of the Muslim world’s most influential teachers and sages, and certainly one of the world’s bestselling poets, could not be more pertinent than in this day and age.”
‘The Muslim Post’
“Love is the transformative force that infuses every aspect of Rumi’s world and herein lies his appeal and the timelessness of his message.”
‘Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine’
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