Rumi’s Poetry

11 Feb, 2016 890 Other literatures

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the poetry of Rumi, the Persian scholar and Sufi mystic of the 13th Century. His great poetic works are the Masnavi or “spiritual couplets” and the Divan, a collection of thousands of lyric poems. He is closely connected with four modern countries: Afghanistan, as he was born in Balkh, from which he gains the name Balkhi; Uzbekistan from his time in Samarkand as a child; Iran as he wrote in Persian; and Turkey for his work in Konya, where he spent most of his working life and where his followers established the Mevlevi Order, also known as the Whirling Dervishes.

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  • Alan Williams 2 episodes
    British Academy Wolfson Research Professor at the University of Manchester
  • Carole Hillenbrand 3 episodes
    Professor of Islamic History at the University of St Andrews and Professor Emerita of Edinburgh University
  • Lloyd Ridgeon No other episodes
    Reader in Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow

Reading list

  • Tales from the Masnavi
    A. J. Arberry (Routledge, 1993) Google Books →
  • Persian Sufi Poetry: An Introduction to the Mystical Use of Classical Poems
    J. T. P. de Bruijn (Routledge, 1997) Google Books →
  • The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi
    William C. Chittick (State University of New York Press, 1984) Google Books →
  • Ruins of the Heart: Selected Lyric Poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi
    Kabir Helminski (T Threshold Books, 1981)
  • Rumi: Past and Present, East and West: The Life, Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
    Franklin D. Lewis (Oneworld Publications, 2000) Google Books →
  • The Philosophy of Ecstasy: Rumi and the Sufi Tradition
    Leonard Lewisohn (ed.) (World Wisdom Books, 2015) Google Books →
  • The Mathnawi of Jalalu'ddin Rumi
    R. A Nicholson (Luzac and Co. vols. I-VIII, 1925-1940) Google Books →
  • The Triumphal Sun: A Study of the Works of Jalaloddin Rumi
    Annemarie Schimmel (first published 1980; State University of New York Press, 1993) Google Books →
  • The Cambridge Companion to Sufism
    Lloyd Ridgeon (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2014) Google Books →
  • The Masnavi
    Rumi (trans. Alan Williams) (I. B. Tauris, forthcoming 2017-2020) Google Books →
  • Mystical Poems of Rumi
    Rumi (trans. A. J. Arberry) (first published 1968; University of Chicago Press, 2009) Google Books →
  • Look! This is Love: Poems of Rumi
    Rumi (trans. Annemarie Schimmel) (Shambhala Publications, 1991)
  • Signs of the Unseen: The Discourses of Jalaluddin Rumi
    Rumi (trans. W.M. Thackston) (Shambhala Publications, 1999)
  • Spiritual Verses: The First Book of the Masnavi-ye Ma'navi
    Alan Williams (Penguin Classics, 2006)
  • The Vision of Rumi: Revealing the Masnavi, Persia's Great Masterpiece
    Alan Williams (I. B. Tauris, 2017) Google Books →

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello. The Sufi writer and teacher Rumi is so important in the Islamic world that four modern countries claim him for their own.