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After Trump’s Election … U.S. Interest in Rumi Peaks - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Washington- Last week, The Washington Post wrote: “How wonderful it is that Rumi, the 13th-century Muslim versifier, has become the best-selling poet in the United States! He might enjoy knowing that Trump’s America is snapping up translations of his tinged work even as the country toys with banning Muslims and rolling back gay rights”.

The Los Angeles Times also wrote: “Rumi, like Omar Khayyam, has become the warm and fuzzy ecumenical poet of choice for weddings, coming-of-age ceremonies and funerals. A benign mist dews our lens on a golden-age Islam”.

“Edward Said would rap our bourgeois knuckles for the way we idealize classical Persia”, wrote the Chicago Tribune.

These comments were published to emphasize the release of “”Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love,” book by Brad Gooch, an English professor from Paterson University in New Jersey.

Rumi was born in Afghanistan and lived in Baghdad, Damascus, and Turkey. He was the chief of Sufism.

However, Americans’ interest in Rumi is recent. The U.S. Poet Coleman Barks translated some of the Sufism Chief’s poems including “Necessities of Rumi” in 1995 and ‘The Book of Love” in 2003. Some of the U.S. most prominent singers like Madonna and Demi Moore sang Runi’s words, as he was an important musician and used to play flute.

American’s interest in Rumi peaked in 2007and in his 800th anniversary, the UNESCO distributed medals holding his name.