The astounding biography of a man who transformed Rumi from a learned religious teacher into the world’s greatest poet of mystical love.
“Imagine you could go somewhere each morning, say to a corner of the sugar merchants’ caravanserai, and hear Shams Tabriz talk about the veiling of the heart, the nature of exertion, or how to move beyond the agitated state of question and answer. This book gives entry into that astounding presence. Go there for an hour a day, however long it takes. Then read Rumi’s poetry and feel their opening Friendship in you.” - Coleman Barks
“William Chittick’s masterful translation of the Maqalat of Shamsi Tabrizi moves Rumi’s beloved mentor from the shadows into the light, and restores Shams to the central position of prominence that he so richly deserves. This work immmediately joins the indispensible short list of scholarly works on Rumi and his community. Highly recommended for all scholars and students of Sufism, Islamic Philosophy, Persian literature, and of course for all the legions of Rumi fans.” - Annemarie Schimmel
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