8th Int. Conference on Rumi and Shams-i Tabrizi scheduled for September 29 and 30

TEHRAN — The 8th International Conference on Rumi and Shams-i Tabrizi will be held on September 29-30, organizers announced on Thursday.

The city council and municipality of Khoy in West Azerbaijan province hold the conference annually in the city, home to Shams’ tomb, with contributions from Iran’s National Commission for UNESCO and several other organizations .

Khoy Governor Zabihollah Kazemi, Khoy City Council Director Sajjad Chehrehara and several other officials attended a meeting on Thursday to unveil posters for the event.

Speaking at the meeting, Kazemi called Rumi and Shams literary and mystical legends of the world and said: “If Rumi and Shams had not presented their teachings in the form of poetry, they would never have achieved such world renown.”

“Rumi and Shams are those pious and learned craftsmen whose teachings are needed by people in the modern world,” he added.

Kazemi called Shams’ tomb of great cultural potential and urged the cultural organization to redouble its efforts to introduce the country’s deep culture through the teachings of Rumi and Shams.

For his part, Chehrehara also welcomed UNESCO’s initiative to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Shams-i Tabrizi’s active life in 2022 and 2023, and said, “The international programs to commemorate Rumi and Shams across the world will focus on the vibrant story of Rumi’s First Meeting with his mentor Shams.

Khoy will celebrate the occasion with a program titled “Meeting of the Two Seas”, which will be organized under the auspices of Iran’s National Commission for UNESCO.

“The Line of Mysticism” is part of a program designed to be held during the conference to bring together experts on Rumi and Shams from Balkh, Neyshabur, Tabriz, Khoy and Konya to exchange their latest studies on the two luminaries of literature Persian.

Musical ensembles have also been invited to perform at the conference and additional festivals, which will be held in October and November.

Rumi undertook one or two trips to Syria, during which he met the dervish Shams.

However, he was deeply influenced by Shams during their second visit to Konya on November 30, 1244.

For months, the two constantly interacted, and as a result, Rumi neglected his followers and family, who could not tolerate the close relationship.

One night in 1247, Shams disappeared forever. This experience transformed Rumi into a poet. Le Divan de Shams (The Collected Poetry of Shams) is a true translation of his experiences into poetry.

Photo: This photo shows a portrait of the Persian poet Rumi and the calligraphy of one of his verses.

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