Rumi: The Hidden Treasure

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Shems Friedlander, whose works "The Whirling Dervishes," "When You Hear Hoofbeats", and "Think of a Zebra" became instant classics, now offers us another jewel--unique in that it brings to light hitherto unpublished material on the sacred music and dance, or "sema" of the Mevlevi Dervishes.

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Come back, come back,
even though you have broken your vows  a thousand times,
Ours is not a house of despair,
ours is a house of hope.
                                      -Jelaluddin Rumi

Shems Friedlander, whose The Whirling Dervishes and When You Hear Hoofbeats, Think of a Zebra became instant classics, now offers us another jewel--unique in that it brings to light hitherto unpublished material on the sacred music and dance, or sema of the Mevlevi Dervishes. We are treated to a wonderful explanation of the significance and symbolism of the dress and movement of the dance performed in the semahane--the Hall of Celestial Sounds.

Friedlander himself has been a member of the Mevlevi order of dervishes (known in the west as the Whirling Dervishes), founded by Jalaluddin Rumi, for 25 years and has been initiated as a sheikh of both the Mevlevi and Halveti order of dervishes
He brings an insight and understanding of the work of Rumi which links it to the roots of Rumi's thought. This offers the reader an insider's in-depth view of Rumi which other contemporary cwho have adapted his work for the west fail to elucidate.
As Friedlander presents the "Roots of His Thought," the story of Rumi's life unfolds in an entirely fresh and accessible manner, sprinkled with the Master's poetic insights. The work concludes with a most admirable explanation of the inner and outer nature of sacred music and we are shown how a "glimpse of Truth is revealed by vibrations and sound."

About Author:

Shems Friedlander is a professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at The American University in Cairo. Friedlander graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1963 and since then has been prominent in the art world as a photographer, graphic designer, documentary filmmaker and painter, as well as an educator. He is the author of nine books and his work has been exhibited worldwide. He has written two monodramas that were performed at the Howard Theater at The American University in Cairo. His documentary films have been shown at film festivals in the United States, the Musee de l’Homme in Paris and The American University in Cairo. They have also been released as DVD’s in both PAL and NTSC formats.

As a professor of practice in the Department of Mass Communications (since 1994), Friedlander teaches visual communications. He also teaches a drawing class in the Department of the Arts. In 2005 he was awarded Teacher of Excellence by the School of Business, Economics and Communications, for a three year period.

Friedlander’s paintings, drawings and photographs have been exhibited at the Gezira Art Centre in Cairo and most recently his paintings were exhibited at the Mohamed Mahmoud Cultural Centre in Cairo. His photographs have also been exhibited at the Sony Gallery at The American University in Cairo and The Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai. He has been interviewed by Islamica Magazine and has written for Parabola Magazine. He recently conceived and published Zawiyah, a journal of Occasional Sufi Papers.

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EAN 13 / ISBN9781887752398
AuthorShems Friedlander
PublisherFons Vitae
Year Published1998
Height0.3 in
Width6.0 in
Length9.0 in