Turning Rumi

In multi-cultural societies in many parts of the world, divisions are deepening particularly between Muslims and non-Muslims which are regrettable and sad as those divisions are rooted in mis-information and prejudice. To foster understanding and tolerance among people, I have created a series of paintings that are inspired and informed by the poetry of Rumi, a thirteenth century Persian Sufi poet who is now celebrated and widely read in the United States. My purpose is to reach out to the wider community in the pursuit of peace, celebration of diversity, and the creation of positive inter-faith dialogue.

Turning Rumi: Singing Verses of Love Unity and Freedom

By Salma Arastu