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Rumi is brought to life

Analysis: What do Madonna, Shirin Ebadi and the Bergen Festival have in common? They pay tribute to the philosopher and 800 anniversary celebrant Rumi. 2007 is UNESCO's International Rumi Year.

[rumi year] At 20 the 20. April starts the Dutch celebration of the Rumi year in Amsterdam, at the invitation of the UN Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

Admittedly, it is still five months until the 30th anniversary of the birth of the Persian-born poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic Rumi (800-1207) can be marked on 1273 September. But several countries are now kicking off the celebration of the classic poet that cultural personalities from Goethe to Sinead O'Connor have been inspired by. Friedrich Hegel called Rumi the greatest poet in world history.

And now the poet is back in full force: The Turkish film about Rumi, Seven Cities, is scheduled to premiere at the 60th film festival. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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