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UMFK to host honors symposium April 27

April 15, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Honors Program will host a symposium on the poetry and philosophy of Rumi, in the Grindle conference room of Cyr Hall on Wednesday, April 27, at 3:00 p.m.

The event, which is open to the public, will include presentations from both faculty and students. "Rumi, whose full name is Molana Jalal-e-Din Mohammad Molavi Rumi, was considered to be the greatest mystic poet of Islam and perhaps the world", said Vladimir Suchan, director of the UMFK Honor's Program and organizer of the event.

Rumi was born in 1207 in Blakh, in what was then the north-eastern province of Persia (present day Afghanistan), to a family of Persian theologians.

When he was five, his family migrated to Baghdad, escaping the Mongol invasion and destruction. Later, at the age of eight, Rumi with his family, moved to Mecca then to Damascus and finally settled in Turkey.

At the age of 24, Rumi was already an accomplished scholar in religious and positive sciences. Rumi received much influence from Shamsuddin of Tabriz, a Mawlawi dervish.

Rumi died at the age of 66, on December 16, 1273 at sunset in Konya (Turkey). Thereafter, December 16 became known as Sebul Arus (Night of Union) and a holiday for the Mawlawi dervishes.

"Rumi was not only a great poet but also a well-rounded scholar and a well-accomplished philosopher", stated Suchan.

Rumi composed discourses on metaphysics and his most famous work is the Mathnavi, written in six volumes and 24, 660 couplets, in Farsi and some Arabic. This publication is also commonly referred to as the Persian Koran.

Rumi was best known for his beautiful mystical poetry that represents one of the very best treasures of human achievements.

"Rumi was one of the great spiritual masters and poetical geniuses of mankind and the founder of the Mawlawi Sufi order, a leading mystical brotherhood of Islam. He believed that love alone is capable of revealing God, the truth, and the secret of one's heart", said Suchan.

The symposium is open to the public. Anyone who is interested in poetry, religion, philosophy, and other cultures is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Suchan at 834-7892.