This book offers a paradigm shift and fresh interpretation of Rumi's message. After being disentangled from the anachronistic connection with the Mevlevi order of Islamic Sufism, Rumi is instead placed in the world of philosophy. A pyramidal model is proposed for the structure of Rumi's philosophy, covering the range of topics from the basics of human existence to the principle of an immutable truth beyond time and space. By taking a more inclusive look at thousands of verses, from sources including Rumi's Divan and Masnavi, Sultan Valad's poetry, and the Maqalat (Discourses of Shams), a much broader picture of Rumi as a practical and sober philosopher begins to emerge. Also in his deeper philosophical approach, Rumi proposes contemplation of non-self, namelessness, placelessness, timelessness; silence; the practice of dance and music; and using visualization techniques. At the same time, these notions and practices, as described in Rumi's writings, reveal elements in common with those of advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, and Kashmir Shaivism. This study aims to expand the perception of Rumi, placing him at the level of intercultural philosopher and universal thinker outside of any religious tradition.Biografía del autor:
Mostafa Vaziri is a scholar of Iranian Studies, lecturer at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and the author of various academic books including Buddhism in Iran: An Anthropological Approach to Traces and Influences (2012) and Iran as Imagined Nation: The Construction of National Identity (1993, Revised edition 2013). Vaziri is also a physician who has worked as a volunteer medical doctor in Nepal, Afghanistan, India and a number of African countries.
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