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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Illuminated pages with opening lines of Book I

Illuminated pages with opening lines of Book I

From a manuscript of Rumi, Masnavi (A long work of rhyming couplets), copied before 1465 

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS Elliott 251, fols 3v–4r

Jalal al-Din Rumi's six-volume Masnavi, of which the opening verses are seen here, was a mixture of spiritual poetry, interpretations of the Qurʾan, witty parables, jokes and folklore.

Few copies of Rumi’s work were illustrated, but many had rich illuminations, as in this example.

This image appears on the page: Rumi

Love & devotion in the UK

The Bodleian Libraries is showing its own presentation of the Love and devotion exhibition at the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England, between 29 November 2012 and 28 April 2013.

Learn more about how you can visit this exhibition on the Bodleian Libraries website.


Love and devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads

This two-day conference held in April 2012 featured distinguished international guests and Australian specialists exploring cultural convergences in literature, the arts and architecture, history and philosophy within Persia's cultural sphere and Europe, from the 11th century to the present day.

For information on keynote speakers & topics discussed, visit our conference page

Visit the exhibition

The Love and devotion exhibition took place from 9 March to 1 July 2012. In-depth information about the exhibits and themes can be found on this website.

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