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Nov. 15, 2016

4:30-7 pm

Seminar on Rumi (based on

Rumi Essays)

University of Utah “Exploring the Middle East” Course”


March 11, 2017

“Rumi, the Man and His Poetry”

(Based on

Rumi Essays)

Weller Book Works

Salt Lake City

Hosted by “Books & Bridges”







$14.95 (paperback)

216 pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9850568-0-3

Kindle E-book: $7.95


RUMI ESSAYS: On the Life, Poetry, and Vision of the Greatest Persian Sufi Poet (2016)

Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi, a 13th-centry Persian Sufi poet, is one of the most widely-read poets today. But who was Rumi really? How do we know what we know about him? How did he become a passionate poet of love? What was the nature of the relationship between Rumi and his beloved friend Shams? What are the key notions in the thousands of Rumi poems? What are Rumi’s essential teachings for transformation and spiritual growth? How can we use his poetry as meditation? How is Rumi related to our modern world and life? How do Rumi’s views compare with the teachings of the Buddha? What is the position of Jesus Christ in Rumi’s poetry and faith? Why is Rumi’s poetry so popular seven centuries after his life? These are among the major questions explored in this book.

This comprehensive package of information and reflections on Rumi’s life, poetry, and vision draws on original works in Persian including Rumi’s own poetry and historical texts. This volume of essays will be useful to all who want to understand Rumi in greater detail in order to better situate his ideas and better appreciate his poetry.


[1] Introduction: Why Rumi Matters 

[2] Inspiration: Be Like Melting Snow           

[3] Poet of Love and Peace      

[4] Master Rumi: The Path to Poetry, Love and Enlightenment

[5] Rumi’s Life and Spiritual Journey            

[6] Rumi’s Roots: The Historical Rumi

[7] Rumi and the Buddha: Correlative Ideas on Spiritual Awakening

[8] Sufi and Buddhist Teachings: Views from Rumi’s Poetry and Life

[9] Jesus Christ in Rumi’s Poetry and Parables            

[10] Rumi’s Poems on Jesus’ Breath  

[11] In the Ocean of Rumi       

[12] Love and Life in Rumi’s Poetry   

[13] A Map of the Heart in Rumi’s Poetry      

[14] Rumi’s Poetry as a Guiding Light            

[15] Rumi’s Poems for Meditation and Life    

[16] Rumi Comes to America  

[17] Why is Rumi a Best-Selling Poet in America?         

[18] Book Reviews      

[Appendix I] A Chronology of Rumi’s Life & Family 

[Appendix II] Glossary and Transliteration   

[Appendix II] Rumiyât: A Guide to Rumi Studies

          Notes and References    

          Index of Names


Why Rumi Matters

An article in

Deseret News 

May 23, 2017


We Eat Love

An article in

11:11 Magazine

April 2017


Be Like Melting Snow

An article in

Light of Consciousness

Summer 2017