Review: Rumi: Past and Present, East and West


Rumi: Past and Present, East and West
Rumi: Past and Present, East and West by Franklin D. Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Impressive study and a must read to understand the life and poems by Rumi (Jalal al-Din)

By reading this study, I understood that Rumi was born in Balkh (currently located in Afghanistan) in 1207 AC. His family had to flee for the Huns – several years later Balkh was sacked by the Huns. Their journey had led via Mecca and Damascus to Konya (Turkey) where his father and later Rumi received a position as religieus jurist and teacher. Konya was regarded by the Islamic world as part of the Roman Empire: due to this fact Rumi is known under a name referring to the Roman Empire.

In 1244 Rumi had met the dervish Shams-e Tabrizi. This meeting had completely changed Rumi’s life from an established teacher and jurist into an religious mystic poet. In 1248 Shams-e Tabrizi had left Rumi never to be seen by Rumi.

In 1273 Rumi had died in Konya.

This study is an excellent introduction and guidance to the mystic poems of Rumi

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