Legends of the Sufis: Selected Anecdotes From the Work Entitled The Acts of the Adepts (Menāqibu’ L’Ārifīn) by Shemsu-‘D-Dīn Ahmed, El Efāklī
Translated by James W. Redhouse with a Preface by Indries Shah.
Legends of the Sufis, a selection of anecdotes taken from Menaqibu’ L‘Arifin, written by the historian Shemsu-‘D-Dīn Ahmed,El Efāklī, in A.D. 1353, will be of particular interest to students who wish to know something of the family background and life of the great Persian mystic Jalaluddin Rumi who lived 1207-1273. El Eflaki was a dervish in the order of the Mevlevi, and disciple of Chelebi Emis Erif, grandson of Rumi. These stories and legends of events in the lives of Rumi and other Sufis associated with the Mevievi are profound and sometimes miraculous. They have a timeless quality and contain much practical wisdom that can be taken at many levels depending on the reader’s receptivity. Here are the sources from which Rumi constructed some of the most beautiful poetry the world has known.
Legends of the Sufis, James W. Redhouse, The Theosophical Publishing House, 1977