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January 18, 1987 | Donald Shojai, Shojai translates from Persian and teaches literature at San Diego State University.
In 1244, a wandering dervish, known to posterity as Shams of Tabriz, arrived in Konya (in modern Turkey) and was promptly embraced by the community's spiritual leader, Jelaluddin Rumi, as the perfect Sufi master--the human image of the Divine Beloved--for whom he had been waiting. Up till then, write co-translators John Moyne and Coleman Barks in their terse but telling introduction, Rumi, at 37, had been "a fairly traditional mystic, one of a long line of scholars and theologians."
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January 18, 1987 | Donald Shojai, Shojai translates from Persian and teaches literature at San Diego State University.
In 1244, a wandering dervish, known to posterity as Shams of Tabriz, arrived in Konya (in modern Turkey) and was promptly embraced by the community's spiritual leader, Jelaluddin Rumi, as the perfect Sufi master--the human image of the Divine Beloved--for whom he had been waiting. Up till then, write co-translators John Moyne and Coleman Barks in their terse but telling introduction, Rumi, at 37, had been "a fairly traditional mystic, one of a long line of scholars and theologians."
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June 23, 1995 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
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June 18, 1998 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jelaluddin Rumi deserves to be the envy of every poet. His latest book, "The Essential Rumi" (Harper San Francisco), sold 110,000 copies in three years, and he has a couple of dozen others that are doing well. None of it was his idea. He has been dead for more than 700 years. He seemed to surface from nowhere in 1994, when Publishers Weekly announced that Rumi was the bestselling poet in America. Since then, the remote star continues to rise.
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October 21, 2001 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Oct. 4, Jahan Stanizai stood on her front porch and gazed blankly at the fallen magnolias that littered the street of her Los Angeles neighborhood. Her thoughts were focused on two times when she felt sure the world was collapsing. The first was in 1978 when she was giving birth, confined without anesthetic to her Kabul apartment, as Soviet bombs exploded outside. The other was Sept. 11, as she watched the horrific images from New York City. Where could she go now to feel safe? she wondered.
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January 10, 1999 | JANE ENGLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Engle is an editor in the Travel section
Let's get this settled right off: I'm not a group-tour type. Oh, I took one once in college, to Israel, and it was all right--although I wanted to kill nearly everyone, especially the whiners, by the time it was over a month later. But ever since, I'd traveled solo, or with a companion or two, and set my own budget-minded itinerary. Until last September. Yielding to the pleas of my then-lover, who was too skittish to go to Turkey (remember "Midnight Express"?
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