Take a magic carpet ride into the delightful world of Sufi storytelling with these best-loved tales from Persian literature and lore, in which images of madness, passionate love, and self-sacrifice convey the inner experiences of the soul that has surrendered to the Divine Beloved. The tales are retold from the celebrated works of Sufi poets and spiritual masters such as Rumi, Attar, Nizami, and Jami, as well as anecdotes about these famous masters.
"A wonderful collection . . . useful for cultural and religious understanding, spiritual growth, and literary enjoyment."—Library Journal
"In short, the brilliance of these Persian teachers is exposed by the authors of this superb text."—Publishers Weekly
"I have been hungry for this book, these wonderful stories of Hallaj, Attar, Rumi! Bayat and Jamnia have done a wonderful job."—Coleman Barks, author of Open Secrets: Versions of Rumi
"These lovely stories, culled from Persian sources, will certainly open a way for Western readers into the wide and colorful world of Sufism."—Annemarie Schimmel, author of Mystical Dimensions of Islam