Course Description

This 10-week course covers the life, work, and teachings of the great 13th-century spiritual master Rumi, whose universal message of love transcends time and culture. Rumi is being recognized in the West as one of the greatest literary and spiritual figures of all time, and he has been described as the “best-selling poet” in the US. Throughout the course, Rumi's masterpiece "Mathnawi" will be read. It teaches people how to be truly in love with God, and it has been viewed by many commentators as the greatest mystical poem in world literature. Following this spiritual text, each week a story or poem will be analyzed and discussed. Focusing on unforgettable images and metaphors in Rumi's poetry and through reading the stories as a guide to the path of divine love, the practical steps of the spiritual journey will be discovered. Besides readings, the course will also include documentaries, recitations, audio, and video clips to experience the teachings of Rumi. | Lecture + Q&A; Facilitated discussion; Zoom breakouts; Listening to audio recordings; Viewing videos.

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Section Title
Rumi and the Divine Love
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Please note: Prior to the course, the instructor will distribute the poems/texts from "Mathnawi" that will be discussed in class. Some weeks breakout groups will be used for small group discussion.

Recommended text:
Jalal al-Din Rumi, Jawid Mojaddedi, The Masnavi, Book One (9780199552313)
Kenan Rifai, Victoria Holbrook, Listen: Commentary on the Spiritual Couplets of Mevlana Rumi (9781891785870)
Franklin D. Lewis, Rumi - Past and Present, East and West: The Life, Teachings, and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi (9781851685493)