Islam’s own antidote to Daesh: the Masnavi of Rumi as basic reading for Muslims

Wed 30 Nov 2016, 18:00

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

For seven centuries the poetry of Mowlānā Jalāloddin Balkhi Rumi was a central part of the literary and oral canon for Muslims all over the Islamic world. The Masnavi offers an antidote to the ‘law-enforced’ Islam of fundamentalism of the 21st century. But familiarity with Rumi’s work among Muslims has declined.

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