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Love Is My Savior
The Arabic Poems of Rumi
This new volume of Rumi’s works, the first-ever English translation of his Arabic poems, will be exciting for the newcomer to Rumi’s verses as well as to readers already familiar with his mystical philosophy. The poems take the reader on a journey of spiritual exploration, ecstatic union, cruel rejection, and mystic reconciliation. Rumi reveals his soul and welcomes everyone to his spiritual feast.
This dual-language volume opens a treasury of Rumi’s mystic thought and startling poetry. His verses pulsate with desire and longing, with sensuality, and with ecstatic celebration. Rumi found in his mystic poetry a vehicle for the expression of the endless spiritual bounties of love. He placed love at the center of his faith and doctrine, and he pronounced it to be the goal of his life and the only form of true worship. This collection is stunningly rendered in English by an award-winning poet and a distinguished translator of Arabic poetry.
Publication Date: February 1st, 2016
108 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Nesreen Akhtarkhavari is Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Culture and the director of Arabic Studies at DePaul University, where she teaches Arabic literature, film, culture, media, and translation. She cotranslated Desert Sorrows, recognized by World Literature Today as one of the seventy-five top translations for 2015, and the first-ever English translation of Rumi's Arabic poems, Love Is My Savior: The Arabic Poems of Rumi.  

Anthony A. Lee is a lecturer of history at UCLA and at West Los Angeles College, specializing in African American history, African history, and the African Diaspora in Iran.

Early Praise

Review from Oprah's "O" Magazine: Love Is My Savior: The Arabic poems of of ten recommended translations in its [April 2016 issue].
Review fronm OPRAH.COM
“Like John Donne’s ‘Holy Sonnet 14,’ these works by the Persian poet Rumi—
in an English edition of his rarely translated Arabic verse—
sublimely blend the devotional and the erotic.”
Dotun Akintoye,


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