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University of Tehran to grant honorary doctorate to Coleman Barks

TEHRAN, May 8 (Mehr News Agency) -- The University of Tehran will be presenting an honorary doctorate in Persian language and literature to the renowned American poet Coleman Barks on May 17, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Monday.
Coleman Barks
The director of the Public Relations Office of the University of Tehran said that the honorary doctorate will be presented to Barks for his years of efforts writing books on Molana Jalal al-Din Rumi and translating Rumi’s poetry.

Rumi: We Are Three: New Rumi Poems
by Coleman Barks(Translator), Jalalu'l-Din Rumi (1988)
Ahmadreza Khezri added that several Iranian professors residing in the U.S., Iranian academic figures, and foreign ambassadors have been invited to participate in the ceremony, which will be held at Ferdowsi Hall of the University of Tehran Faculty of Literature and Humanities.
The Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks (Translator), Jalal Al-Din Rumi,
John Moyne (1997)
Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He has been teaching poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years.
The Illuminated Rumi
by Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Coleman Barks (Translator),
Michael Green (Illustrator) (1997)
He is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since 1977.
“The Essential Rumi”, “The Drowned Book”, “Rumi: The Book of Love”, “The Soul of Rumi”, and “The Juice” are some of the books written or translated by Barks.
Birdsong : Fifty-Three Short Poems
by Jelaluddin Rumi, Coleman Barks (Translator) (1993)

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