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A night with Rumi

Nov. 11,  7:00 pm, Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe

Poetry of Jalauddin Rumi with the Turkish nay flute

concert imageA dramatic reading by Peter Rogen  from the Kulliyat and the Mathnawi. Musical accompaniment by Arsalaan.

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Islamic Cultures Studies Program and  the Walker Institute
Free and open to the public. Refreshments from Al Amir

Please join us for an evening with poems and music by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī (Rumi), one of Persia’s and Islam’s greatest mystical poets.

Rumi is best understood in his yearning for tawhīd (union with the beloved, the divine) and his burning desire to restore a relationship lost in the here and now. His use of poetry, dance, and music as a way to reach the divine and to restore this lost relationship became instrumental for the “whirling dervishes” who turned these ideas into a ritual. His writings remain an inspiration to this day and he is probably one of the most widely-read Islamic poets in the west, although many non-Muslims inspired by his ideas  tend to ignore the Islamic aspects of his writings, in particular the rich presence of the Qur’an.

As a sneak preview, listen to one of my favorite artists, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan perform the Qawwali:

And a western version, infused by classical music:

Please join us tonight at Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe.

It is the rainy season, I dig a canal;
In the hope of union I clap my hands.
The clouds are pregnant with drops from the sea of love;
I am pregnant with those clouds.
Don’t say you are not a musician, clap your hands!
Come! I will teach you to become one.
So bright! will you tell me whose house is that?
I love bright houses so!
Alas! I hide my own water of life
As oil drops cover the surface of water.