Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi's great poem, the Mathnawi, is one of the best known and most influential works of Muslim mysticism. This is a complete translation of the six books of the poem that amount to more than 25,000 verses. The work pursues its way through hundreds of stories used to illustrate the main theme: man's predicament in his search for God. A world class and timeless piece of literature.
Maulana Rumi was born in Wakhsh (Tajikistan) under the administration of Balkh in 1207 to a family of learned scholars. Escaping the Mongol invasion and destruction, Rumi and his family traveled extensively in the Muslim lands, performed pilgrimage to Mecca and finally settled in Konya, Anatolia, then part of Seljuk Empire. When his father Bahaduddin Valad passed away, Rumi succeeded his father in 1231 as professor in religious sciences. Rumi 24 years old, was an already accomplished scholar in religious and positive sciences.