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Every time I read a poem by Rumi, I am filled with regret that I cannot read it in the original
Persian, for I know how much is lost in the translation of vernacular poetry into English. Still the effect is profound and moving, and the sheer simplicity, stunning.
Mevlana Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī was a 13th century Anatolian mystic better known around the world as Rumi (meaning from Rome!). Born in a small town in Afghanistan he spent most of his life in Konya, capital of the Selcuk Sultanate of Rum (possibly named after Rome) and is buried there, alongside his father. It was fitting that our visit to Konya in 2007, coincided with the United Nations sponsored ‘Year of Rumi’ celebrations.