The Poet Rumi at 800.
Eight hundred years ago this week, in the mountains of a Persian-speaking realm now known as Afghanistan, a great mystic poet of the Islamic world -- and now the whole world -- was born. In his lifetime, Jalaluddin Rumi and his family fled before invading Mongols, across what's now Iran and into Turkey.
Today, his ecstatic, sensual poetry of love and spiritual seeking fills volumes of the hottest-selling poetry in America. Where contemporary Islam can look severe, Rumi looks lush, sounds gorgeous, and reads like heaven.
This hour, On Point: the great mystic. Reading Rumi at eight hundred.