Rumi and the Mevleviye


  • Dar al-Masnavi is a comprehensive page on the works of Rumi, paying particular attention to accuracy in translation. The webmaster is Ibrahim Gamard, Ph.D., a practicing psychologist and amateur Rumi scholar who has translated all of Rumi's quatrains.

  • Rumi: The Top Selling Poet in America, an article from the Christian Science Monitor. (Fixed, October 5, 2007.)

  • A Biography of Rumi, written by Camille and Kabir Helminski.

  • The Mevleviye, Rumi, and the Sama [offline Oct. 2007].

  • Biography of Rumi and discussion of the Whirling Dervishes, or the Mevleviye (links fixed Oct. 2007)

  • Konya, the city in Anatolia where Rumi spent most of his adult life and where he was buried. The image entitled "Mevlana Museum" is actually Rumi's tomb and Sufi dergah (lit. "threshold," meaning "a center for Sufi teaching"). Note that by clicking your mouse on the pictures they will enlarge. [offline October 5, 2007].

  • The Sufi Path of Love, consists of quotations from Rumi's writings organized by topic and excerpted from Professor William Chittick's book with this title. The website that hosted this page, Deb Platt's Mysticism in World Religions has been offline for a number of years. But it is still accessible at the Internet Archive.(Fixed 5 October 2007.)

  • Discourses of Rumi The entirety of A. J. Arberry's scholarly but readable translation of Rumi's major prose work Fihi ma fihi in PDF format. Although a subsequent translation has been done by W. Thackston, only Arberry's translation is online.

  • Signs of the Unseen: The Discourses of Jalaluddin Rumi, consists of translated excerpts from Rumi's talks, titled in Arabic Fihi ma fihi, (In It Whatever Is In It), although the text itself was written in Persian. These selections are organized by topic and are taken from the 1994 translation of Professor Wheeler Thackston. [offline Oct 3, 2007].

  • The Essential Rumi consists of selections organized by topic from this collection of Rumi's poetry rendered by Coleman Barks, who has recently retired from his position in the English department at the University of Georgia. [offline Oct. 3, 2007.]

  • Selected Poems of Rumi, rendered by Coleman Barks.

  • "Craftsmanship and Basketweaving" a poem of Rumi's in One-Handed Basket Weaving rendered by Coleman Barks

  • "This World Which is Made of Our Love for Emptiness" from Rumi's poems in Open Secretalso by Barks.

  • "Who says the eternal being does not exist" A short poem of Rumi's in Unseen Rain, rendered by Barks.

  • Colman Bark's Maypop Books This is both the website of Coleman Barks and the company established. Barks is an emeritus professor of the University of Georgia and today's most well-known translator of Rumi. One can find here, among other things, links to his books as well as a few selections his renderings into English of Rumi. Although Barks does not know Persian and works from translations of others, he has succeeded, almost singlehandedly, in taking the substance of Rumi and creating renderings that have made Rumi widely accessible and wildly popular to an English speaking audience.

  • A Tribute to Rumi contains numerous poems of Rumi in translation and the original Persian, in addition to a biographical sketch, links, and symbolic illustrations (some of which have a degree of female nudity) typical of those included in popular pre-Iranian revolution editions of Persian poetry. The translations are by the webmaster, Shahriar Shahriari. (URL changed, March 23, 2001.)

  • The Mysterion, a selection from Rumi's prose.

  • Celaleddin Bakr Celebi, the recently deceased 21st grandson of Rumi, contains a link to his biography as well as to a speech of his titled Message of Friendship, which concludes with a description of each of the parts of the Mevlevi Sama.

  • The Mevleviye or Mevlevi Order in the U.S. is linked with the Threshold Society headed by Kabir and Camille Helminski.

  • Sunlight: a Rumi mailing list is a free mailing list consisting of translations of Rumi's poem by a variety of translators. You can read through the archives without subscribing. If you subscribe--at no cost to you--you will receive the daily email posting of new translations. A nice way to start your day. [Link fixed, October 5, 2007.]

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