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.
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.
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
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.
Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Coleman Barks (Translator),
Michael Green (Illustrator)
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.
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