Baldock, John. The Essence of Rm. London: Arcturus, 2006. A compact biography of the poet that examines his life and his poetry and how they are interrelated.
Lewis, Franklin. Rm, Past and Present, East and West: The Life, Teachings, and Poetry of Jall al-Dn Rm. Rev. ed. Oxford, England: Oneworld, 2008. A comprehensive study of Rm’s life and times, using primary sources by and about Rm to draw pictures of his legacy and to discuss his continuing significance. Looks also at The Sufi Path of Love, Rm’s children, Rm and the Muslim and Western worlds, mythology, and media representation. Maps, bibliography, index.
Mannani, Manijeh. Divine Deviants: The Dialectics of Devotion in the Poetry of Donne and Rm. New York: Peter Lang, 2007. Compares and contrasts the poetry of Rm and John Donne, both of whom were religious poets, examining topics such as religious duty and mystical transcendence.
Moyne, John A. Rm and the Sufi Tradition. 1998. Reprint. Costa Mesa, Calif.: Mazda, 2009. The well-known translator of Rm offers this brief monograph analyzing the mystical roots and expression of Rm in the context of Sufism. Glossary, bibliographical references.
Schimmel, Annemarie. As Through a Veil: Mystical Poetry in Islam. 1982. Reprint. Oxford, England: Oneworld, 2001. In five densely annotated essays (originally lectures), the author demonstrates the centrality of Rm to all subsequent Sufistic literary expression. The chapter on Rm reviews his life, suggests a chronology of his lyrics, and describes images and symbols for love in his verse.
_______. Rm’s World: The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet. 1992. Reprint. Boston: Shambala, 2001. A biography by the leading Rm scholar. Examines the relationship between his poetry and Sufi beliefs.
Tourage, Mahdi. Rm and the Hermeneutics of Eroticism. Boston: Brill, 2007. Explores the bawdy tales and eroticism included in Rm’s poetry, which was used to convey mystical knowledge.
Zweig, Connie. A Moth to the Flame: The Life of the Sufi Poet Rm. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. Written in an accessible style, this biography is meant to entertain while informing.