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8/6/07

Conference of Rumi's Wondrous Words to be Held in London

Tehran, 6 August 2007 (CHN) - On the occasion of 800th anniversary of Jalal al-Din Rumi, Persian great poet, Iran Heritage Foundation in conjunction with British Museum have organized a conference with the topic of "Wondrous Words: The Poetic Mastery of Jalal al-Din Rumi" from 13-15 September in London. The conference is supported by Altajir Trust, the American Institute of Iranian Studies, Julius Baer (Middle East) Ltd., and Targetfollow Group Limited.

The conference will focus on the poetic origins, quality, and impact of Rumi's writings, its sources of inspiration, and its effect in Persian speaking parts of the world.

This year, various celebrations will be held all over the world on the 800th anniversary of Rumi's birth. During the conference of "Wondrous Words: The Poetic Mastery of Jalal al-Din Rumi", the poetic art of Rumi and the various ways in which it has interacted with the literary tradition from his own time to present time, will be the other top agendas in this conference. Rumi's spiritual effect on the works of contemporary artists in eastern and western countries will also be revised during the conference. Thirty lecturers from seven countries will present their latest research on this topic.

"Widely admired, translated and commented upon, the works of Jalal al-Din Rumi remain largely unexamined from a literary perspective. Emphasis has been placed on him as a spiritual master, and on his Masnavi as a sacred text. As a result, the poet has often been concealed from view. There is much to be explored and discovered in the poetic legacy of Rumi's entire corpus: His dynamic image-making and his mastery of lyrical expression, his use of poetic devices, including strategies of unsaying or silence, the powerful rhetoric of his narrative structures, etc," says Iran Heritage Foundation in its announcement.

Molana Jalal-e Din Mohammad Balkhi, commonly known as Rumi, was a Persian philosopher and mystic of Islam. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. Rumi has been hailed by western scholars as the greatest mystical poet of all time. Translations of Rumi's poetry brought this great Persian poet international recognitions such that he is recognized among the world's leading figures in 2005 and 2006 and UNESCO has announced the year 2007 as the International Rumi Year, during which some special ceremonies and programs will be held all over the world to commemorate this great Persian poet.

Rumi was born on 30th of September 1207 in Balkh in today's Afghanistan, then within the domains of Persian Empire, and died in Konya, a present-day Turkey where he spent many years of his precious life.

The conference of "Wondrous Words: The Poetic Mastery of Jalal al-Din Rumi" will be held at Clore Education Center of British Museum located at Great Russell Street, London.

Soudabeh Sadigh foreigndesk@chn.ir

 

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