Maryam Mafi was born and raised in Iran. She went to Tufts University in the US in 1977 where she studied sociology and literature. While reading for her master's degree in international communications in American and Georgetown Universities she began translating Persian literature and continues to do so. She lives in London. Narguess Farzad is a senior fellow in Persian studies at SOAS at the University of London.
"Maryam Mafi's luminous translation brings the Persian poet Rumi's distinctive and timeless Sufi lessons to a new audience, transforming the original verses into prose that conveys the vibrancy of the medieval setting while also sounding fresh. This beautifully produced volume is a welcome introduction to a classic poet's work." - Foreword Reviews-- "Foreword Reviews"