139 Main Street | Rumi & Threshold Publishing

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  • Threshold Publishing Helped Introduce Rumi to the World

  • Rumi's Descendents and the Whirling Dervishes visit Brattleboro


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." Listen to Amer Latif play the Ney and describe 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 traditions remain in this area.

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139 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301, United States

Research & Production

Audio Production/Editing: Lissa Weinmann
Research/Script/Narration/Music: Amer Latif

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Photos & Video

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