Wednesday, February 3, 2010

'Jahan-e-Rumi' portraying Sufi mystic's life enters World Book Fair

New Delhi, Feb 2 (UNI) Opening up the treasure of mysticism of Sufi saint Rumi for Urdu readers, a book on the great poet's life was released by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting here today.

Written by Mirza Abdul Baqi Baig, a doctrate from the Jawahar Lal Nehru University, the book, ''Jahan-e-Rumi'', encompasses life history of saint Rumi.

''The book has beautifully mentioned about the spiritual journey Maulana Rumi traversed and his contributions to the humanity,'' Madhukar Upadhyaya, renowned journalist and author, said after releasing the book at the ongoing New Delhi World Book Fair.

Comparing the saint's writings with the Darwin's Theory of Evolution, he said, ''The Sufi mysticism the Persian poet had putforth, continues to have a universal appeal even today.''

The writer of the book emphasised that it was the ongoing demand by the Urdu readers which made him write the book in this language.

Talking about the saint, Mirza Baig said Rumi was the descriptive name of Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad, who was the 13th century poet, jurist, theologian, along with a great Sufi mystic.

He informed that it was the second book till now on the life of the philosopher. Earlier, writer of Sufi literature Trinath Mishra, who was also present on the occasion, had written about the saint in Hindi.

A symposium on the subject, ''Bhartiya Sanskriti Mein Sufi Mat Aur Rahasyawadi Parampara ka Yogdan'' (Contribution of Sufism and the Syncretic tradition to Indian Culture) was also organised after the book release ceremony.

Along with Mr Upadhyaya and Mr Mishra, senior Urdu scholar Siddiqurrahman Kidwai and Director of Publications Division Neeta Prasad with other officials of the Ministry participated in the discussion.

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