Rumi Collection3


Resources for Reading Rumi have been furnished by generous support from PARSA CF, and are open to all NIU faculty and students. 

Current resources for the study of Rumi, and the Persian literary tradition, include the following:



Persian Literature - Rumi


Rumi – Primary Sources

Swallowing the Sun (trans. F. Lewis)

Discourses of Rumi (trans. A.J. Arberry) 

The Quatrains of Rumi (trans. Farhadi and Gamard)

Selected Poems from the Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi (trans. R.A. Nicholson) 

Selected poems from the Mathnavi (trans. R.A. Nicholson)

Silent Words (trans. R.A. Nicholson) 

Rumi, Spiritual Verses (trans. A. Williams)

Open Secret: Versions of Rumi (trans. Barks and Moyne) 

Unseen Rain (trans. Barks and Moyne)

Fihi ma Fihi (publ. Amir Kabir)  

Koliyate Shams (ed. Forozanfar)


Rumi – Secondary Sources

Me and Rumi (William Chittick) 

The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (William Chittick)

The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi (William Chittick) 

Rumi’s Sun: The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz (trans. Algan and Helminski)

Rumi - Past and Present, East and West (Franklin Lewis) 

The Triumphal Sun (Annemarie Schimmel)

Ahadis va Qesase Masnavi (B. Forozanfar)



Persian Literature - General



A Thousand Years of Persian Rubaiyat (trans. R. Saberi)

An Invitation to Persian Poetry (trans. R. Saberi) 

A Millennium of Classical Persian Poetry (ed. W. Thackston)



Father of Persian Verse: Rudaki and His Poetry (trans. S. Tabatabai)



The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (trans. D. Davis)


Abu Sa‘id Abu‘l-Khair 

The Poems of Abu Sa‘id Abu‘l Kheyr (trans. Ordoubadian)



Divan (ed. P. Babai)    



Fifty Poems of Attar (trans. Alizadeh and Avery) 

Divan (publ. Aban)

The Speech of the Birds (trans. P. Avery)


Ruzbehan Baqli

The Unveiling of Secrets: Diary of a Sufi Master (trans. C. Ernst)



The Gulistan of Sa‘di (trans. W. Thackston) 

Gulistan & Bustan (English-Farsi)


Fakhruddin Iraqi 

Divine Flashes (trans. Chittick and Wilson)



Garden of Mystery (trans. R. Darr)

The Mystic Rose Garden (E. Whinfield)



Divan-e Hafiz (2 vols.; Khanlari edition) 

Biography of Hafiz (English-Farsi)



Masnavi Salaman va Absal (ed. Sayyadkooh)   

Masnavi Haft Orang (publ. Ahoora)  

Baharestan (English-Farsi)

This Heavenly Wine (trans. V. Abramian)



The Mirror of Meanings (trans. A. A. Seyed-Gohrab)



Through Eternity: Homage to Molavi (Audio CD)

Rooz o Shab, Poetry of Rumi (Audio CD)

Rumi read by Kayhan Ghodsi (Audio CD)

Hafez; Mahjoob Recitation (Audio CD)