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Text Box: Selected Books about Rumi

Annemarie Schimmel, Rumi’s World: The Life and Works of the Greatest Sufi Poet (Shambhala, 2001)
Annemarie Schimmel, The Triumphal Sun: A Study of the Works of Jalaloddin Rumi (State University of New York Press, 1993)
William Chittick, The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi (World Wisdom, 2005)
William Chittick, The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi  (State University of New York Press, 1983)
Franklin Lewis, Rumi: Past and Present, East and West (Oxford: OneWorld, 2000). 
Sefik Can, Fundamentals of Rumi’s Thought, (Light, 2004, 2006)
Yahiya Emerick, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Rumi Meditations (2008)
Leslie Wines, Rumi: A Spiritual Biography (Crossroad, 2001)
Shems Friedlander, Rumi: The Hidden Treasure (Fons Vitae, 1998)
Afzal Iqbal, The Life and Work of Jalaluddin Rumi (Oxford U.P. 1999 reprint)
(In French)
Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch, Rűmî et le Soufisme (Les Édition du Seuil, 1977; Poche, 2005). English translation by Simone Fattal: Rumi and Sufism (1988)
Leili Anvar-Chenderoff, Rumi (Entrelacs, 2004)
(In German)
Annemarie Schimmel, Rumi: Meister der Spritualistät (Freiburg: Herder, 2001)
(In Persian)
(Most of the  English books listed above are also available in Persian translations.)
Badi al-Zamân Foruzân-far, Zendegâni-e Moulânâ Jalâluddin Muhammad (“Biography  of Mawalan Jalaluddin”) (Tehran: Zavvâr, 1954, reprinted several times)
Abdol Hossein Zarrin-kub’s Pelle Pelle Ta Molagât-e Khoda (“Step by Step toward Meeting God”) (Tehran: Elmi, 1994, reprinted numerous times) English translation by M. Keyani: Step by Step to Union with God: Life, Thought and Spiritual Journey of Jalal al-Din Rumi (2009)
(In Turkish)
Albolbâki Golpinârli, Mevlana Celaloddin: Hayati, Felsefesi, Esserlerinden Secmeler (“Mevlana Jelaluddin: Life, Philosophy and Selected Works” (Istanbul, 1951; 4th ed. 1985, reprinted several times)
Text Box: Articles on Rumi

Rumi in Wikipedia
Rumi on
Huffington Post, Omid Safi, Dec. 22, 2011
Huffington Post, Parisa Soultani, Dec. 10, 2011
Huffington Post, Stephen Olsson, Oct. 8, 2011
Huffington Post, Fatemeh Keshavarz, Oct. 18, 2011
Huffington Post, Kabir Helminski, June 14, 2011
Huffington Post, Coleman Barks, Nov. 2, 2010
Huffington Post, William Chittick, July 19, 2010
Huffington Post, Jesse Kornbluth, Aug. 19, 2010
Radio Free Europe, Ibrahim Gamard, Aug. 9, 2010
Rumi series in the Guardian , 2009
Spirituality & Health, March-April 2008
San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2008
Kyoto Journal, Summer 2007
NYU LiveWire, 2007 
BBC: The Roar of Rumi—800 years on
Washington Post, August 30, 2007
Poetry Foundation, July 17, 2007
Seattle Times, May 5, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle, April 1, 2007
Washington File,  March 15, 2005
Explore Faith on Rumi, 2005
Fountain magazine, July-Sept. 2004
Yoga Journal, Sept.-Oct., 2002
Time magazine, Sept. 30, 2002
The Guardian, 1 December 2001, October 12, 2001
The New Times (Seattle), June 2001
The Guardian, 15 Feb. 1999
Los Angeles Times, July 18, 1998
Rumi and the Tradition of Sufi Poetry:        An Interview with David Fideler
Rumi and Sufi Tradition, by Dr. Hossein Nasr, Studies in Comparative Religion Spring 1974
“Poetry and mysticism are both universal languages of the human soul and nowhere do they reinforce each other more than in the life and legacy of Jalaluddin Rumi.”
Huston Smith, 2000

“He [Rumi] offends no one and includes everyone, as a perfect human being who is in search of love, truth and the unity of the human soul … One of the great humanists, philosophers and poets who belongs to humanity.”
UNESCO, 2006

“I think for Rumi joy is primary. To some people, the world is filled with grief, but Rumi would say, ‘I think that the world is primarily graceful, a gift.”
Coleman Barks, 1995 , in conversation with Bill Moyers

“Maulana [Rumi] calls us to participate in the dance that moves through the universe, to circle around the Sun of Love.”
Annemarie Schimmel, 1992

“He was also a man of profound insight into the nature of [hu]man.”
Erich Fromm, 1965

“In Rumi the Persian mystical genius found its supreme expression.” 
“It may well be argued that he  is the supreme mystical poet of all mankind.”
Arthur J.  Arberry       1950, 1961

“Rumi is without doubt the most eminent Sufi poet whom Persia produced, while his mystical Masnawi deserves to rank amongst the great poems of all time.”
Edward Browne, 1906
Text Box: Rumi’s Translators and Translations (English)

Rumi’s translators fall under three categories: (1) The Western scholars who have mastered the Persian language and Rumi’s literature (e.g, Reynold Nicholson, Arthur John Arberry, Annemarie Schimmel, William Chittick and Franklin Lewis); (2) the Persian-speaking translators who  also know English well (e.g., Nader Khalili, Maryam Mafi, Jawid Mojaddedi, and Shahram Shiva); and (3) English-speaking poets and writers who do not know Persian and rely on the translations made by the others to compose their own versions and renditions. For the information of readers, we list several Rumi translators (in an alphabetical order) with links to their websites or biography, and some of their works.
Arthur John Arberry (1905-1969) 
Tales from the Masnavi (1961)
More Tales from the Masnavi (1963)
Mystical Poems of Rumi (1968, 79; 2009)
Coleman Barks  often with John Moyne
The Essential Rumi, (1995, 2004)
Rumi: The Book of Love (2003)
A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings (2006)
The Soul of Rumi (2002)
Rumi: The Big Red Book (2011)
Rumi: Bridge to the Soul (2007)
William Chittick
The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (1984)
Dr. Nevit O. Ergin
Crazy As We Are (1992)
The Forbidden Rumi (2006)
The Rubais of Rumi (2007)
Ibrahim Gamard                  
Rumi and Islam (2004)
The Quatrains of Rumi (with Rawan Farhadi, 2008)
Andrew Harvey
Teachings of Rumi (1999)
The Way of Passion (2000)
Kabir Edmond & Camille Helminski
The Rumi Collection (2000, 2005)
The Pocket Rumi (2001, 2008)
Love’s Ripening (with Ahmad Rezvani, 2010)
The Rumi Daybook (2011)
Nader Khalili (1936-2008)
Rumi, Fountain of Fire (1994)
Rumi, Dancing the Flame (2001)
Franklin Lewis
Rumi: Swallowing the Sun (2007)
Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita
Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved (2000, 2012)
Rumi: Hidden Music (2001, 2009)
Rumi’s Little Book of Love (2009; originally published as Rumi: Garden of the Beloved, 2003)
Rumi’s Little Book of Life (2012)
Jawid Mojaddedi, Rutgers University
Rumi: The Masnavi, Book One (2004)
Rumi: The Masnavi, Book Two (2007)
Reynold Alleyne Nicholson               (1868-1945)
Selected Poems from the Diwân Shams Tabrizi (2001 reprint of 1898)
Mathnawi of Jalaluddin Rumi (3 volumes, 1991 reprint of English translation, 1925-40)
A Rumi Anthology (2000 reprint of Tales of Mystic Meaning, 1931, and Rumi: Poet and Mystic, 1950)
Annemarie Schimmel (1922-2003)
Look, This is Love (1996)
Shahram Shiva
Rending the Veil (1995)
Hush, Don’t Say Anything to God (1999)
Rumi: Thief of the Night (2000)
Jonathan Starr
A Garden Beyond Paradise (with Shahram Shiva, 1992, 2006)
In the Arms of the Beloved (1997, 2008)
Other Rumi Anthologies
The Illustrated Rumi, translated by Philip Dunn and Manuela Dunn Mascetti (HarperOne, 2010)
The Illuminated Rumi, Michael Green and Coleman Barks (Broadway, 1997)
One Song: New Illuminated Rumi, Michael Green and Coleman Barks  (2005)
Rumi (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) edited by Peter Washington (2006)
Rumi: A Spiritual Treasury, compiled by Juliet Mabey (2000, 2006)
Say Nothing, translated by Iraj Anvar and Anne Twitty (2008)
The Pilgrimage of Life and the Wisdom of Rumi, translated by S.H. Nasr (2007)
A Bird in the Garden of Angles, John Moyne & R.J. Newman (2007)
Tales from the Masnavi
The Teachings of Rumi: The Masnvai [Abridged], trans. E.H. Whinfield (1979, 1994 reprint of  1898)
Spiritual Verses [Book 1 of the Masnavi], trans. Alan Williams (Penguin, 2007)
Rumi’s Tales from the Silk Road, Kamla Kapur (2009)
Tales from Rumi, Ali Fuat Bilkan (2008)
Rumi Stories for Young Adults, M. N. Abdul Salam (2000)
Rumi Speaks Through Sufi Tales, Krish Kholsa (1996)

Text Box: Rumi: Academic Studies

All the King’s Falcons: Rumi on Prophets and Revelation, John Renard (SUNY Press, 1994)
Poetry and Mysticism in Islam: The Heritage of Rumi, edited by Banani et al. (Cambridge U.P., 1994)
Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi, Fatemeh Keshavarz (University of South California Press, 1998, 2004)
Rumi and Hermeneutics of Eroticism, Mahdi Tourge (Brill, 2007)
Rumi’s Mystical Design: Reading the Mathnawi, Book One, S.G. Safavi and S. Weightman (SUNY Press, 2009)
The Sufism of Rumi, K. Khosla (1987)
Shems Friedlander, The Whirling Dervishes (SUNY Press, 1992 reprint of 1975)
Text Box: Rumi in Persian

If you know Persian and enjoy reading Rumi, you will find the following websites very useful:
Morid-e Molana
Khamush, English & Persian, Selections
Rumi on Fire , English & Persian, Selections from Divân Shams (trans. Shahriar Shahriari)
Text Box: Rumi: Novels

Nahal Tajadod, Rumi, The Fire of Love (2004, 2011)
Elis Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi (2010)
Pico Iyer, Abandon: A Romance (2003)
Roger Housden, Chasing Rumi (2002)
Connie Zweig, A Moth to the Flame (2006)
Nigel Watts, The Way of Love (1999)
Maurie Maufroy, Rumi’s Daughter (2005)
Saideh Ghods/Sara Philips, Kimya Khatun (Rumi’s Daughter) (2011)
Reshad Field, The Last Barrier (1977, 2002)
Text Box: Mawlana Rumi Review An annual journal (since 2010) edited by Dr. Leonard Lewisohn at the University of Exeter, UK
Text Box: Rumi & Shams

Me and Rumi: The Autobiography of Shams Tabrizi, translated by William Chittick (Fons Vitae, 2004)
Rumi’s Sun: The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz, translated by Refiq Algan and Camilel Adams Helminski (Morning Light, 2008)