139 Main Street | Rumi & Threshold Publishing

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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.

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139 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301, United States

Research & Production

Audio Producer: Lissa Weinmann

Ongoing Development and Involvement:

As a community-created project, we encourage ongoing dialogue, questions, and engagement. If you would like to be involved in future developments, have information or a perspective that could deepen others' understanding of this topic, please contact us

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  • <p>Kabir Edmund Helminski and Camille Adams Helminski, founders and directors of the Threshold Society</p> <p>Kabir Edmund Helminski and Camille Adams Helminski, founders and directors of the Threshold Society</p>
  • <p>Covers - Rumi books by Threshold</p> <p>Covers - Rumi books by Threshold</p>
  • <p>Amir Latif</p> <p>Amir Latif</p>