To the English reader the mysticism of Rumi opens a new world of spiritual and poetical experience. "God is One but religions are many" runs the Sufi teaching; and the English reader can here enlarge his experience by apprehending the mystic intuition of a great Persian poet. The late author's beautiful and faithful translations are illuminated by Notes on Sufi doctrine and experience. The author did not finish the Introduction, but it has been completed by his old pupil and friend, Professor A. J. Arberry, who has seen the book through the press.
Maulana Jala¯l al-Di¯n Ru¯mi¯ was a thirteenth century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar and theologian, who's influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions.
Reynold Alleyne Nicholson was an eminent English orientalist scholor of both Islamic literature and islamic mysticism and widely regarded as one of the greatest Rumi scholars and translators in the English Language.