The Masnavi: Book One
Author:Jalal al-Din Rumi/Translated by Jawid Mojaddedi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This is the first unabridged verse translation of Book One of the Masnavi for more than a hundred years. Skilfully rendered in rhyming couplets, the translation is an attractive and faithful representation of the original.
The Masnavi is Rumi's greatest work, described as 'the Koran in Persian'. It consists of roughly 26,000 verses, divided into six books, and describes man's predicament in his search for God
The translation is based on the best critical edition and includes an introduction and invaluable notes, making the edition the ideal introduction to Rumi for the non-specialist reader.
The poem draws on sources from sacred history to folklore and fable, is full of stories, and often funny.