Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes by Shems Friedlander

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This book, beautifully illustrated with rare photographs of dervishes, tells the tale of the Sufi order and of one of its founders, poet and mystic Mevlana Jalalu’ddin Rumi. After Rumi’s death in 1273, the whirling dance, or sema, was established as part of the Mevlevi’s prayer ritual, and it has been performed by them ever since. The sema survives to this day, a statement of a timeless and passionate yearning toward God.

With a special section devoted to Mevlevi music and introductions by Annemarie Schimmel and Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Rumi and the and the Whirling Dervishes offers an unparalleled glimpse into the Mevlevi’s ecstatic practices.

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SHEMS FRIEDLANDER is a senior lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of Rumi: The Hidden Treasure and When You Hear Hoofbeats Think of a Zebra, and he wrote, produced, and directed the documentary film Rumi: The Wings of Love. Annemarie Schimmel was born in Erfurt, Germany on April 7, 1922 and attended the University of Berlin and the University of Marburg. Schimmel has taught at the University of Ankara in Turkey, Harvard University, and Bonn University. Along with writing more than eighty books and essays, Schimmel has translated literature from the Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Sindhi languages into German and English. She was honored on her 75th birthday by having the Annemarie Schimmel Chair for Indo-Muslim Culture established at Bonn University.
Published May 1, 2003 by Morning Light Press. 168 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The popularity of the legendary Sufi poet and mystic Mevlana Jalalu'ddin Rumi (1207–1273) continues to grow in the West even as Islam has come under critical scrutiny because of radical I

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The text itself is popular yet authoritative, detailing the life of Rumi, the evolution of his thought and poetry, the history of the Sufis and of Rumi's legacy, and—in the rarer contribution by Uzel—the history of and thinking behind dervish music.

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