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Beyond Sharia: Maarten Holtzapffel on Non-Conformist Ideas in Rumi’s Poetry [Video]

Beyond Sharia: Maarten Holtzapffel on Non-Conformist Ideas in Rumi’s Poetry

Maarten Holtzapffel is PhD candidate for the ERC-Advanced Grant Beyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam, (the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 101020403) led by Professor Asghar Seyed-Gohrab.

In this video, Maarten elaborates on his PhD research, which examines the philosophy and the reception history of the 13th century Persian poet-mystic Rumi, probably the most widely read Sufi poet in Islamic culture. Maarten Holtzapffel looks, in particular, at how non-conformist ideas in Rumi’s poetry transcend religious boundaries, and how such ideas are interpreted in modern time as expressions of humanism.

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