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17 April 2020

Rūmī and the Whirling Dervishes

Publication by Alberto Fabio Ambrosio

This brings together, in English, for the first time a number of articles in one volume that have been published in various books and journals and are reprinted with permission. Through this work, Rūmī and his poetry as well as the whirling dervishes, will hopefully become more widely known in Western countries than they are at present. The whirling dervishes are famous for their ecstatic dance and but here it is hoped that their role within Sufism will become more clearly understood. The book is an attempt to suggest a renewed manner of thinking about one of the most celebrated trends in the mystical dimension of the Islam, the religion of love of Rūmī and the cosmic dance of the dervishes. The theology is at the back of all the itinerary and the all five chapters represent the possibility to rethink the dynamic relation between disciples and their Founder, institution and charisma, politics and mysticism.

Alberto Fabio Ambrosio OP is an Italian Dominican friar, Professor of Theology and History of Religions at Luxembourg School of Religion & Society and director of Research at Collèges des Bernardins (Paris). He has a Ph.D. in Modern Contemporary History (University of Sorbonne) with a thesis on the practices of whirling dervishes in the 17th Ottoman century. He also has another degree in Theology (University of Lorraine, Metz) as well as a canonical licence in Ecumenism and Inter-religious dialogue (Pontifical University of Thomas of Aquinas, Rome). After having spent more than 10 years in Istanbul working and doing research in Ottoman and Turkish Islam, he currently teaching and doing further research in Luxembourg and Paris. He has various publications in French, Italian, Arabic and Turkish on Islam, Sufism and inter-religious dialogue. This volume brings together in English for the first time a number of articles in one volume that have been published in various books and journals and are reprinted with permission.

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