Rumi has been the best-selling poet in North America for twenty years, but most readers do not seem to be aware of his background and the mystical tradition which he belonged to. This talk will shed light on these subjects to facilitate a more nuanced understanding of his message.
Jawid Mojaddedi is Professor of Religion at Rutgers University. His area of research is early and medieval Sufism. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and raised from the age of five in Great Britain, he completed his studies under the supervision of the late Norman Calder at the University of Manchester, receiving his PhD in 1998. He served for two years as Assistant Editor for Encyclopaedia Iranica, before taking up his current position at Rutgers, where he teaches courses in the general field of Islamic Studies.
*This lecture will be live-streamed from the University of Minnesota and presented in the following locations: 555 Weiser Hall at 500 Church St., Ann Arbor, MI & AB-5140 at 15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ. Ann Arbor & New Brunswick audience members will be able to interact simultaneously with the speaker and audience at the University of Minnesota through this format.