Rumi: Persian Poet, Whirling Dervish

rumi persian poet demi

Here is the biography of Rumi, a poet who lived 800 years ago and who believed that the spirit of God lives in everyone no matter what their religious beliefs. This is a great way to introduce children to the cultures of other lands.

48 pages 978-0761455271 Ages 9-12

Keywords: biography, Asia, poet, 13th century, diversity, diverse books, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, Turkey

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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Born in Afghanistan in the thirteenth century, Rumi settled in Turkey and became a great mystical poet. From a holy man, Shamsuddin, Rumi learned to listen for the sacred sound of God within himself. When his creative spirit was awakened, he recited more than 50,000 rhymed couplets. He also wrote about the love that resides in the soul of everyone, regardless of religion or background. He founded the order of the whirling dervishes, who believed their spinning dances put them in touch with God and brought peace and love into the world. To honor the 800th anniversary of his birth, the United Nations declared 2007 The Year of Mawlana Jalaladdin Rumi.

Demi’s spectacular art, inspired by the eastern culture of the thirteenth century, was painted with Turkish and Chinese inks and gold overlays. An introductory note by Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar, Ph.D., is included.---from the publisher

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