Author: Reynold A. Nicholson (translator)
Pages: 2287 Binding: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
Description from the publisher:
Mawlana Jalal al-Din RumiĘs great poem, the Mathnawi, is one of the best known and most influential works of Muslim mysticism. The Mathnawi was begun around 1258 at the suggestion of a disciple, Husam al-Din, who acted as an amanuensis, and though the final story is incomplete, composition probably ceased awhile before Rumi's death in 1273. The six books of poems amount to more than 25,000 verses. Loosely structured and at times metrically rough and colloquial in style, the work pursues its way through hundreds of stories, drawn from many literary and other sources and used to illustrate in his search for God.
NicholsonĘs critical edition is based on the oldest known manuscripts, including the earliest, dated 1278, and preserved in the Mawlana museum at Qonya. It remains the standard text and is provided with diacritical marks to assist the student. This prose translation, similarly, is intended to be an exact and faithful guide to the Persian. The commentary, planned to be useful both for specialists and others, in addition to explaining numerous textual questions, traces RumiĘs sources and cites many parallels to his ideas.