Professor Amer Latif tells the surprising story of how Brattleboro's Threshold Publishing played a pivotal role in introducing ancient Islamic Sufi poet Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi to the world. Rumi's writings are still among the top best-selling poetry books in the world today. "Scriptures vary, cultures vary," says Latif "but the book of nature is what we have in common and Rumi helps us read that book." Latif reads an example from Rumi in Persian and English and plays the Ney, the most important instrument in Sufism and other Turkish music genres.
Segment 2: Amer Latif plays the Ney and describes how the Threshold Society -- led by Kabir and Camille Helminsky -- brought Rumi's descendants the Mevlevi 'whirling dervishes' to Brattleboro and major cities throughout the US to popularize Rumi and Sufism and how these gorgeous traditions remain in this area.
Audio Producer: Lissa Weinmann
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