Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi or Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, (Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī) - 13th-century poet, Hanafi faqih, Islamic scholar, Maturidi theologian and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan in Greater Iran.
Seven hundred and fifty years after his death, the celebrated Persian thinker remains a best-selling poet in the West, revered as an Islamic dervish in the East, while his sagacious thoughts rule the internet.
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi had a profound influence on the Western intellectual milieu.
The cosmology of Rumi's work is perhaps one of the most diverse in the entire literary history.

When works on Sufi doctrines and translations from parts of Masnavi started appearing in the West in the nineteenth century, a view started developing amongst the Western orientalists. and philosophers that Rumi had taught a kind of pantheism.
n his Encyclopaedia, in the section on Absolute Mind, Hegel wrote about the relation between philosophy and religion. In this section, the main discussion focuses on pantheism, and Hegel talks about the Bhagawat-Gita and the Vedas, comparing the idolatry of a Hindu to the "everything is God, and God everything" of a pantheist.

Rumi in the Western Intellectual Milieu

last updated 11 Oct 2014