Reformist Muslim

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Bemoaning New Age Hippies

It all adds up to an archetypal - if unusually poignant - case of east-west misunderstanding: a west earnestly looking eastwards for an ancient spiritual wisdom, which it receives through the filter of sexed-up translations that most Persian scholars regard as seriously flawed, and which recreate a Rumi wholly divorced from his Islamic context; while in the east, a Republican Turkish government anxious to integrate Turkey with Europe bans Rumi's Sufi brotherhood as part of its attempt to embrace a west it perceives as rational, industrial, intolerant of superstition and somehow post-mystical.


Dalrymple on Rumi. By any chance, did anyone see the documentary?

3 Comments:

Blogger Tony said...

Salaam. Thanks for the link to the Dalrymple article. I don't think the film is as yet available in the US. On new age hippies and Rumi, I think those people are pretty harmless.

4:39 pm, January 04, 2006  
Blogger Leila M. said...

I don't know about sexing up texts, I got one Rumi poem in email a few days ago that didn't need one whit of embellishment in that arena...

5:10 pm, January 04, 2006  
Blogger reformist_muslim said...

Lol at leila's comments. Calabash I agree with you that new age hippies are pretty harmless. Its always amusing though to hear that the likes of Goldie Hawn and Madonna are 'reading' someone like Rumi.

As for your earlier comment on the Caliphate. I don't see a need for it, but if people aren't willing to budge then trying to persuade them that a democratic entity is the only possibility seems to me to be the only way of moderating some of the fanatacism.

8:55 pm, January 04, 2006  

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