Sinopse

Radio Rumi is hosted by Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz at the University of Maryland. Keshavarz is author of award winning books including Reading Mystical Lyric: the Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi (USC Press,1998), Recite in the Name of the Red Rose (USC Press, 2006) and a book of literary analysis and social commentary titled Jasmine and Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran (UNC Press, 2007). She has also published other books and numerous journal articles. Keshavarz is a published poet in Persian and English and an activist for peace and justice. Currently, she directs the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures as well as Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at UMD. Radio Rumi is a gift to those who wish to taste Rumi's words. The purpose is not to analyze, theorize, or prove anything. These are conversations meant to bring Rumi's poetry to life. Invitations to enter his vibrant universe and see with fresh eyes. Welcome to this exploration Opening song: Arayesh e ghaliz, Homayun Shajarian Producer: Sogand Seirafi Graphic Designer: Amaal Yazdi Editorial Consultant: Faezeh Lotfalian Project Manager: Samar Ata Audio editing: Tommy Hegarty Technical assistance is provided by the Center for Innovation in Teaching at Learning, University of Maryland

Episódios

  • Radio Rumi Program 41: The Healing Nowruz Rain

    Radio Rumi Program 41: The Healing Nowruz Rain

    26/03/2020 Duração: 30min

    The Spring has just arrived. At the same time, the world is in the grips of a pandemic. In this program I look to Rumi for words of wisdom that help us celebrate the arrival of Nowruz "the Persian New Year" and listen to his teachings about illness and healing, ourselves and our world.

  • Radio Rumi Program 40: Words can Harm, and they can Heal

    Radio Rumi Program 40: Words can Harm, and they can Heal

    17/03/2020 Duração: 33min

    Rumi's words have brought us together. What is in his poetic speech that educates, delights, and transforms us? There are many ways to address this question. In this 40th episode of Radio Rumi, I discuss our poet's understanding of the concept of speaking, its impact on our lives, and on those of others around us.

  • Radio Rumi Program 39: Egos that have turned into dragons

    Radio Rumi Program 39: Egos that have turned into dragons

    17/02/2020 Duração: 33min

    With the election, politics and power are on our minds, I look at Rumi's understanding of the concept of power and his approach to it. As a well-known and respected figure, Rumi received attention from the wealthy, the noble, and the politically powerful people of his time. How he handled these delicate situations, and what he recommended to his followers are remarkable.

  • Radio Rumi Program 38: I am the light from the candle, I am the smoke from the candle!

    Radio Rumi Program 38: I am the light from the candle, I am the smoke from the candle!

    03/02/2020 Duração: 34min

    I open this program with a question often asked about Rumi and other great minds. "Did he ever make a mistake?" Using many examples from Rumi's own poetry, I argue that he is different people at different moments of his life. Rather than posing as a leader, he is an friend who gives us glimpses into his his personal journey.

  • Radio Rumi Program 37: I am not a Christian, nor a Jew, nor a Muslim....

    Radio Rumi Program 37: I am not a Christian, nor a Jew, nor a Muslim....

    15/01/2020 Duração: 25min

    In light of the recent clashes between my two homes (Iran and America), I dedicate this program to a concept which Rumi values and we need desperately: the concept of oneness of all humanity. Rumi lived in a time burdened by division and disagreement but refused to accept the categories that divided the people of his time.

  • Radio Rumi Program 36: Merry Christmas: Rumi on Jesus, Light, and Healing

    Radio Rumi Program 36: "Merry Christmas: Rumi on Jesus, Light, and Healing"

    02/01/2020 Duração: 32min

    This program is a Christmas special! In it I discuss some of Rumi's poems focused on the presence of light, giving, and healing as embodied in the symbolic person of Jesus. We will see how in these lines light, which for Muslims is a manifestation of the divine, is connected with Jesus as a healer of suffering and one who spreads the force of life.

  • Radio Rumi Program 35: The Rabbit that Danced with the Trees

    Radio Rumi Program 35: The Rabbit that Danced with the Trees

    10/12/2019 Duração: 32min

    In this episode, recorded right after the Thanksgiving which we recently enjoyed, I focus on Rumi's approach to feeling content and expressing gratitude. I look at the way he defines this foundational concept and its function in our daily lives? We will also look at places in which we can find examples of contentment and learn to express it.

  • Radio Rumi Program 34: It is a Rainy Day, I Clap my Hands

    Radio Rumi Program 34: It is a Rainy Day, I Clap my Hands

    25/11/2019 Duração: 34min

    In this program, I focus on the best ways to understand Rumi's poetry. One of my goals is to counter the idea of turning him into an infallible saint. Equally important, poets from distant times and unfamiliar traditions are hard to understand. I make suggestions about ways to put Rumi's lively and effective poetry into their context to become understandable to western audiences in the 21st century.

  • Radio Rumi Program 33: Dreaming of that Simple Dance

    Radio Rumi Program 33: Dreaming of that Simple Dance

    12/11/2019 Duração: 26min

    In this program, I focus on a celebrated poem of Rumi which tries to help us make sense of the journey that is our life. The poem is filled with enchanting images and life-changing questions. Are we a rare bird sitting in the royal aviary, Jacob separated from his Joseph, or the Greek philosopher, lamp in hand, looking for a perfect being? And, what does dancing have to do with these?

  • Radio Rumi Program 32: Be a Waterfall, Always Arriving!

    Radio Rumi Program 32: Be a Waterfall, Always Arriving!

    28/10/2019 Duração: 30min

    In this program I speak about Rumi's special's attention to the concept of arriving. Like many other thinkers, Rumi is aware of our human limitations. For example, we are confined in time and space. His solution? Do not wait for the moments to happen to you; arrive in them and let the arrival transform both time and space for you, be a waterfall!

  • RadioRumi Program 31: Without Your Self Youll See better Where you are Going!

    RadioRumi Program 31: Without Your 'Self' You'll See better Where you are Going!

    14/10/2019 Duração: 29min

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  • Radio Rumi Program 30: Today, You Arrived Smiling

    Radio Rumi Program 30: Today, You Arrived Smiling

    30/09/2019 Duração: 28min
  • Radio Rumi Program 29: You are at the door, let yourself in!

    Radio Rumi Program 29: You are at the door, let yourself in!

    16/09/2019 Duração: 30min

    In this episode I speak about the concept of God in Rumi's poetry and the various manifestations that it finds. Is God a person, an energy, a sense of joy, a pervasive light, a force of goodness? Where is he/she/it? Is he in us, is he us knocking on door to get inside a room which already belongs to us?

  • Radio Rumi Program 28: The world is a Book. Read it!

    Radio Rumi Program 28: The world is a Book. Read it!

    03/09/2019 Duração: 30min

    In this second episode of a duo focused on handling disappointment , Rumi encourages us to step back from our daily personal problems to see the bigger world. This silent world will speak if you lower your voice and listen. Think of it as a mirror. What you see in others, is a reflection of yourself. Think of it as a mountain. It echos your own voice.

  • Radio Rumi Program 27: You Were Given Wings to Fly.

    Radio Rumi Program 27: "You Were Given Wings to Fly."

    19/08/2019 Duração: 26min

    This is the first of two episodes on Rumi's approach to disappointment in life. In this program I start with his general comments on the the interrelation between hope and disappointment, the sources of the pain caused by disappointment, and the best tools to help us rise above it which he calls "your wings." In the next program I will bring you Rumi's more in-dept approach to causes of disappointment and ways to handle them.

  • Radio Rumi Program 26: Wondrous Birds Grow from the Palm of my Hands!

    Radio Rumi Program 26: Wondrous Birds Grow from the Palm of my Hands!

    22/07/2019 Duração: 29min

    This program continues to discuss Rumi's relationship with our environment as a space we share with animals, plants and other natural elements. My focus is more on the way he celebrates our similarities with nature as a possibility to expand our vision of who we are by merging with this limitless expanse. He views his own poems as wondrous birds which take wings and fly away. They belong to anyone who catches and cherishes them.

  • Radio Rumi Program 25: You are the Sea, I am the Fish!

    Radio Rumi Program 25: You are the Sea, I am the Fish!

    28/06/2019 Duração: 25min

    With this episode, I start a discussion of Rumi and the environment. Citing his lyrics, I point to his reverence for nature as a site of the presence of the Divine. Seeking the Koranic description of God in a green tree, Rumi views our natural habitat as beautiful, lively, and closely connected with us. What we need to do is to discover it as a source of inspiration, and to preserve it for the generations who will follow.

  • Radio Rumi Progam 24: If wheat that grows around my grave...

    Radio Rumi Progam 24: "If wheat that grows around my grave... "

    14/06/2019 Duração: 36min

    This program focuses on what Rumi says about the concepts of death and dying. I start with his definition of life itself and move on to the end of life as we see and experience. I make an effort to minimize philosophical debate and stay focused on his attention to the human experience.

  • Radio Rumi Program 23: Homeless like a Fly

    Radio Rumi Program 23: Homeless like a Fly

    26/04/2019 Duração: 23min

    In this program, I elaborate on the significance of the notion of change in Rumi's lyric poetry. If things stay the same, life can turn into a kind sleep with little to explore. New encounters, even if challenging, are opportunities for learning and growth. That is why love says to human beings: "If you make a hundred houses like the bees, I'll make you homeless like a fly." Traveling in search of a home could be a destination.

  • Radio Rumi Program 22: We are the dawn that connects the day and night

    Radio Rumi Program 22: We are the dawn that connects the day and night

    11/04/2019 Duração: 23min

    For Rumi, everything in the world is a sign pointing to the presence of the sacred. If we miss one sign, another will come our way. As, in the past week, many people celebrated the beginning of the spring as their new year, Nowruz, we in this program look at the way, in Rumi's poetry, spring breeze brings life after the cold winter.

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