What torments the souls of men? What would lead a respected scholar and preacher to suddenly lock himself away in a room with a strange man for forty days and nights-and then to spring forth illuminated, dancing, ignited with passion and knowledge? In Rumi, acclaimed writer Nahal Tajadod brings to vivid life this age-old tale of metamorphosis and creative fire. Since the thirteenth century, the story of Rumi and his fifty thousand unforgettable verses has mesmerized the world. Breathing life into the mystical and carnal Orient of old, Tajadod delves into the soul of artistry and, embodying the mind of the great poet, uncovers the divine passion of Rumi's work-and beautifully displays that when the body and soul stop fighting against one another, they burn from the same plane.