Sunday, February 12, 2017

Valentines Day is Coming: Do you Know Rumi?

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"Molana" by Molavi - Masnavi Manavi Molavi. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons 

If you're studying Islam, this week might be a good time to study Rumi, the Sufi mystic and poet. 

That's because Valentine's Day is coming and much of Rumi's popular poetry is about love.

Rumi lived in the 13th century and wrote a "massive collection of verse called the mathnawi, an Arabic term referring to a rhymed verse couplet." Coleman Barks translated much of Rumi's work into a book called The Essential Rumi.

And new biography of Rumi just came out. Its called Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love, by Brad Gooch.

Today, Rumi is the best selling poet in the United States and Amazon sells over a 100 of his books. Here are some good resources for studying Rumi.
In 2007, Krista Tippett talked about Rumi's legacy with Fatemeh Keshavarz, professor of Persian & Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis.

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