The California-based Gamard, who has been studying Rumi’s spiritual legacy, converted to Islam in 1984 and has been learning Persian since 1981.
During a recent visit to Konya,Turkish city, Gamard told the Anatolia news agency that he wanted to show his loyalty to Rumi and regarded the visit as an occasion to appreciate the 13th-century Sufi poet.
“By compiling his quatrains in a book with strict loyalty to their originals, we seek to ensure the correct understanding of Mevlana,” he stated.Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi is an Anatolian holy man who gave hope and inspiration to humanity. Mevlana was born in 1207 in South Turkistan (Belh), and died in 1273 in Turkey (Konya)
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