After his life-altering encounters with Shams of Tabriz, Rumi began to speak spontaneously in the language of poetry, and his followers compiled his 44,000 verses into 23 volumes, collectively called the Divan. When Nevit Ergin decided to translate the Divan into English, he enlisted the help of the Turkish government. The first 22 volumes were published without difficulty, but the government refused to participate in the publication of the final volume due to its openly heretical nature. Now, in The Forbidden Rumi, Will Johnson and Nevit Ergin present for the first time in English Rumi's poems from this forbidden volume.
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Inner Traditions International, Limited
April 01, 2006
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