President of the Society for the Appreciation of Cultural Works and Dignitaries Hassan Balkhari, researcher and translator in the field of Persian literature Mohammad Baqaei-Makan, professor of painting Abbas Jamalpour and associate professor of Persian language and literature at the University of Zanjan Mehdi Mohabbati will give lectures.
Persian poet, jurist, theologian and Sufi mystic, Jalal ed-Din Mohammad Balkhi, better known as Molavi or Rumi, as well as his mentor, Shams, are the most famous Iranian poets and scholars of the 13th-century.
In addition, Iran’s Book City Institute opened a three-day seminar entitled ‘Around the Table of Shams and Rumi’ on Monday to review the works of the two Persian poets.
Rumi’s influence extends beyond national borders and ethnic divisions. Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and Southeast Asian Muslims have been heavily influenced by the Persian poet’s spiritual heritage over the past centuries.
Rumi made one or two journeys to Syria, during one of which he met Shams.
However, he was deeply influenced by Shams during their second visit in Konya, Turkey, in 1244 CE.
For months, the two men constantly interacted, and as a result, Rumi neglected his disciples and family, who could not tolerate the close relationship.
One night in 1247, Shams disappeared forever. This experience turned Rumi into a poet. ‘The Divan of Shams’ is a true translation of his experiences into poetry.