The Forty Rules of Love: Elif Shafak

Reviewed March 2021

A quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse which takes Ella, and us, into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored.

Ella has a husband, three teenage children and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella’s life – an emptiness once filled by love.

So when Ella reads a manuscript about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his forty rules of life and live, she is shocked out of herself.Turning her back on her family she embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work.

Discover the forty rules of love for yourselves.

(c350 pages) (2010) ((Hardback)(Paperback) (Kindle) (Audiobook)

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‘The meeting of the two seas’

“It is not possible to discuss Rumi’s legacy and influence in the world without mentioning Shams Tabrizi – a dervish who was the reason for Rumi’s transformation from a jurist scholar to a mystic who knew God and whose followers have spread to all parts of the world over several centuries up through the present.

Tabrizi was born in Tabriz, and the exact date of his birth and death is not known. He is called “the pole of Sufism,” “the emperor of the madmen of love,” while the masters of Sufism call him “the bird.”

For Rumi, he was like the sun in whose absence the moonlight would never shine”

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