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A while ago BBC Radio 4 had a very insightful and interesting programme about the poet Rumi. The guests in the programme discussed Rumi’s like and works including Masnavi and Divan. The central message of ‘love’ in Rumi’s works has made them special and live through history and in contemporary times. The programme is highly informative and worth listening to. Link

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the poetry of Rumi, the Persian scholar and Sufi mystic of the 13th Century. His great poetic works are the Masnavi or “spiritual couplets” and the Divan, a collection of thousands of lyric poems. He is closely connected with four modern countries: Afghanistan, as he was born in Balkh, from which he gains the name Balkhi; Uzbekistan from his time in Samarkand as a child; Iran as he wrote in Persian; and Turkey for his work in Konya, where he spent most of his working life and where his followers established the Mevlevi Order, also known as the Whirling Dervishes.


Alan Williams
British Academy Wolfson Research Professor at the University of Manchester

Carole Hillenbrand
Professor of Islamic History at the University of St Andrews and Professor Emerita of Edinburgh University


Lloyd Ridgeon
Reader in Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow



Tiny Owl Publishing has published two books based on beautiful stories by Rumi: The Parrot and the Merchant, and The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock.


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More to read about Rumi:

  • The Great Rumi belongs to the world. Link
  • Poetic side of Tiny Owl Publishing. Link


More to read about The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock:

  • A review of this book by Red Reading Hub here.
  • Introducing Global Children’s Literature, here.
  • Poetic side of Tiny Owl Publishing, here.
  • A review of this book by Read It Daddy, here.
  • ‘Delicate, child-like illustrations give the book real child-appeal’- a review by Parents in Touch. here



More to read about The Parrot and the Merchant:

  • An introduction of The Parrot and the Merchant in Carousel. Link
  • A review by Jill Bennett. Link
  • Learn more about the illustrator of The Parrot and the Merchant. Link
  • Incredible words about this book by David Almond in The Guardian. Link
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