The Drowned Book : Ecstatic and Earthy Reflections of Bahauddin, the Father of Rumi
The Lost Words of the Sufi Master and Father of Rumi
Bahauddin, Rumi's father, was not only a major force in the development of Islamic spirituality, but also a deeply influential force in his son's life. In this, the first ever substantial English version of a wonderful but virtually unknown book, Bahauddin proves to be a daring, spiritual genius. His voice comes through the delightful, passionate craft of Coleman Barks, who transforms the Persian translations of John Moyne into fresh spiritual literature.
If book sales are any indication, the most popular poet in America in the last decade has been Jalal al-Din Rumi, a Sufi mystic who died over 700 years ago. In The Drowned Book: Ecstatic and Earthy Reflections of Bahauddin, Father of Rumi, Coleman Barks (who edited Rumi's poetry in the popular edition The Essential Rumi 10 years ago) explores one of the formative influences on the spiritual poet: his father, Bahauddin. In the book, Barks joins with John Moyne, an expert in Islamic Persian, in translating Bahauddin's "The Drowned Book" into English for the first time. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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June 27, 2005
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