Radio Rumi is hosted by Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz at the University of Maryland. Keshavarz is author of award winning books including Reading Mystical Lyric: the Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi (USC Press,1998), Recite in the Name of the Red Rose (USC Press, 2006) and a book of literary analysis and social commentary titled Jasmine and Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran (UNC Press, 2007). She has also published other books and numerous journal articles. Keshavarz is a published poet in Persian and English and an activist for peace and justice. Currently, she directs the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures as well as Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at UMD.
Radio Rumi is a gift to those who wish to taste Rumi's words. The purpose is not to analyze, theorize, or prove anything. These are conversations meant to bring Rumi's poetry to life.
Invitations to enter his vibrant universe and see with fresh eyes.
Welcome to this exploration
Opening song: Arayesh e ghaliz, Homayun Shajarian
Producer: Sogand Seirafi
Graphic Designer: Amaal Yazdi
Editorial Consultant: Faezeh Lotfalian
Project Manager: Samar Ata
Audio editing: Tommy Hegarty
Technical assistance is provided by the Center for Innovation in Teaching at Learning, University of Maryland
United States
27 episodes
since March 6, 2018


This program continues to discuss Rumi's relationship with our environment as a space we share with animals, plants and other natural elements. My focus is more on the way he celebrates our similarities with nature as a possibility to expand our vision of who we are by merging with this limitless expanse. He views his own poems as wondrous birds which take wings and fly away. They belong to anyone who catches and cherishes them.
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