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Sufism / Islam

The boundary between Islam and the mystical tradition of Sufism is notoriously hard to draw, and Sufism itself is nearly impossible to define—as any scholar of it will tell you. So we’ve decided not to worry about it, but simply to share some of its more wonderful expressions: its teachings, its philosophy, its music, and especially its sublime and thrilling poetry.

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  1. Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved

    Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved

    100 Poems of Hafiz

    The Persian Sufi poet Hafiz (1326–1390) is a towering figure in Islamic literature—and in spiritual attainment as well. Known for his profound mystical wisdom combined with a sublime sensuousness, Hafiz was the supreme master of a poetic form known as the ghazal (pronounced "guzzle"), an ode or song consisting of rhymed couplets celebrating divine love. In this selection of his poems, wine and the intoxication it brings are the… Read More

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  2. Rumi's World

    Rumi's World

    The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet

    • by
    • Annemarie Schimmel
    This book (previously published as I Am Wind, You Are Fire ) celebrates the extraordinary career of Persia's great mystical poet, Rumi (1207–1273), through the story of his life, along with an enlightening examination of his ecstatic verse. Rumi lived the quiet life of a religious teacher in Anatolia until the age of thirty-seven, when he came under the influence of a whirling dervish, Shams Tabriz, and was moved… Read More

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  3. Unseen Rain
  4. The Light of Dawn
  5. The Knowing Heart

    The Knowing Heart

    A Sufi Path of Transformation

    • by
    • Kabir Helminski
    As human beings we stand on the threshold between two realities: the world of material existence and the world of spiritual Being. The "knowing heart" is the sacred place where these two dimensions meet and are integrated. In Sufi teaching the human heart is not a fanciful metaphor but an objective organ of intuition and perception. It is able to perceive all that is beautiful, lovely, and meaningful… Read More

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  6. The Rumi Collection

    The Rumi Collection

    An Anthology of Translations of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

    • edited by
    • Kabir Helminski
    Here is a wonderfully rich introduction to the work of the great mystical poet, featuring the leading literary translations of his verse. Translators include Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Andrew Harvey, Kabir and Camille Helminski, Daniel Liebert, and Peter Lamborn Wilson. The Rumi Collection also includes a biography of Rumi by Andrew Harvey, as well as an introductory essay by Kabir Helminski on the challenges of translating Rumi into… Read More

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  7. This Longing

    This Longing

    Poetry, Teaching Stories, and Letters of Rumi

    • by
    • Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi,
    • Coleman Barks,
    • John Moyne
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  8. Love is a Stranger
  9. Feeling the Shoulder of the Lion

    Feeling the Shoulder of the Lion

    Poetry and Teaching Stories of Rumi

    • by
    • Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
    These selections from Rumi's Mathnawi – a classic of Sufi spiritual literature – express the "lion's roar" of courage, discipline, clarity, and integrity. The lion represents the fierce intensity that recognizes no authority except the highest truth. At the same time, Rumi's lion is full of heart and devotion. Through these poems the reader will explore the qualities that are vital to the spiritual… Read More

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  10. Rumi: Daylight

    Rumi: Daylight

    A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance

    The spiritual influence of Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) is increasing among people of diverse beliefs throughout the western world. Rumi is now recognized here in the West, as he has been for seven centuries in the Middle East and Western Asia, as one of the greatest literary and spiritual figures of all time. Rumi is a spokesman for the religion of love in the language of the heart. Recent translations… Read More

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