Rumi's Masnavi: The Text as Teacher

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June 11, 2016 to June 19, 2016
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Literature, Religious Studies and Theology

Professor Alan Williams will lead this one-week residential seminar exploring Rumi's Masnavi, at Chisholme House in the Scottish Borders.

'The course starts from the premise that in the text of the Masnavi is the presence of the teacher. Attention to such a presence is crucially important for the reader to understand this long and profound text, written over 750 years ago in Persian. Reading it today in English requires just as much attentive application as Rumi’s disciples would have had to dedicate to it – whether they were listening to their Master, Mevlana/Mowlana, in person or studying it in private in the Mevlevi seminary.'

Course fee: £420 includes full board and lodgings for eight nights.

Alan Williams is British Academy Research Professor and Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester. This publications include books and articles ranging from Zoroastrianism to Classical and Modern Persian literature, via Translation Studies and Comparative Literature. He is currently contracted to publish all six volumes of the Masnavi with I.B. Tauris of London.
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