Rumi: The marriage of heart and mind in the service of spiritual education

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Abstract

Islamic history has witnessed numerous educators of both the heart and mind. Rumi (1207-1273) as a great Sufi employed both rational argumentation and educational method pertaining to the heart and spirit. This article critically examines his educational formulas as reflected in his personal history with textual evidence drawn from his works in the historical context followed by an elaboration on how he put his five stages educational formula in practice. This article argues that Rumi successfully combined aql (reasoning) and qalb (heart) which I call ‘heart-centred spiritual formula’ in the spiritual education through the medium of serving others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-161
Number of pages21
JournalTranscendent Philosophy
Volume18
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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