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Rumi's secret : the life of the Sufi poet of love

Author: Brad Gooch
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The ecstatic love poems of Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mystic born over eight centuries ago, are beloved by millions of readers in America as well as around the world. He has been compared to Shakespeare for his outpouring of creativity and to Saint Francis of Assisi for his spiritual wisdom. Yet his life has long remained the stuff of legend rather than intimate knowledge. In this biography, Brad Gooch brings to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gooch, Brad, 1952-
Rumi's secret.
New York, NY : Harper, 2017
(DLC) 2016028047
Named Person: Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Maulana; Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Maulana
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brad Gooch
ISBN: 9780061999147 0061999148
OCLC Number: 948560140
Description: x, 377 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: "In a lightning flash from here to Vaksh" --
Samarkand --
On the Silk Road --
"Fire fell into the world" --
Konya --
"I kept hearing my own name" --
"The face of the sun is Shams of Tabriz" --
Separation --
"I burned, I burned, I burned" --
"Last year in a red cloak ... this year in blue" --
The fall of Baghdad --
"Sing, flute!" --
"A nightingale flew away, then returned" --
The religion of love --
Wedding night.
Responsibility: Brad Gooch.

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The ecstatic love poems of Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mystic born over eight centuries ago, are beloved by millions of readers in America as well as around the world. He has been compared to Shakespeare for his outpouring of creativity and to Saint Francis of Assisi for his spiritual wisdom. Yet his life has long remained the stuff of legend rather than intimate knowledge. In this biography, Brad Gooch brings to life the man and puts a face to the name Rumi, coloring in his time and place--a world as rife with conflict as our own. Gooch traces this epic journey from Central Asia, where Rumi was born in 1207, traveling with his family, displaced by Mongol terror, to settle in Konya, Turkey. Pivotal was the disruptive appearance of Shams of Tabriz, who taught him to whirl and transformed him from a respectable Muslim preacher into a poet and mystic. Their vital connection as teacher and pupil, friend and beloved, is one of the world's greatest spiritual love stories. When Shams disappeared, Rumi coped with the pain of separation by composing joyous poems of reunion, both human and divine. Rumi's Secret reveals the unfolding of Rumi's devotion to a "religion of love."--From publisher description.

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