Persian scholar calls Rumi endless source for universe

TEHRAN, Sept. 29 (MNA) -- Scholar Bahman Namvar-Motlaq is convinced that the Iranian poet Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) is an endless source for the universe.

“Rumi has had a dramatic impact in the Western world. His influence on Western culture and literature began with German literature initiated mainly by the work of German poet and professor of Oriental languages Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866),” he told the Persian Service of ISNA on the occasion of Rumi’s birthday.

Every year, Iranians commemorate Rumi National Day on September 30 which marks the annual anniversary of the birth of Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi.

The influence continued in the literature of France and Britain, particularly in France with the French writer Maurice Barres, he added.

“Rumi not only was a literary model for Barres but also a behavioral one. When Barres noticed there are many individuals in Turkey and other regions in the world that choose to read Rumi’s Masnavi, he used the same method to influence writers and also used this same technique to promote Christianity.

“This impression indicates that Rumi has been influential in different areas of poetry, social behavior and mysticism,” he remarked.

Namvar-Motlaq continued that Rumi, also known as Molavi, has had great influence in the 20th century. In the early 20th, Khayyam and his poetry were best sellers after the Bible, but in the late 20th century, Rumi surpassed him.

He later pointed to Rumi’s other characteristics and said that he still belongs to several cultures. “First, Rumi’s native language is Persian. He was born in Balkh, a region in present-day Afghanistan, and he was buried in Konya, Turkey. This is why three nations and cultures claim him and have been working to promote him, which has turned him into a universal figure.

“Rumi’s perspective is truly Islamic and includes global concepts that Rumi has narrated in the delicate language of poetry. And we in Iran had better strive to promote the real image of Rumi, which would introduce Iranian and Islamic culture to the rest of the world.”

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