Volume 14, Number 13
December 25, 2007

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Rumi Scholar Lectures at Bilkent

lewisDr. Franklin D. Lewis, associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, visited Bilkent University December 14. A celebrated Rumi scholar, considered by many of his colleagues as the world's leading authority on Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, gave a lecture entitled "Borrowed Tales: Attar and Mevlana as Analogues for Boccaccio and Chaucer." The event was sponsored by Bilkent's Turkish Literature; History; English Language and Literature, and Philosophy Departments. Prof. Lewis, who is the author of the monumental study “Rumi: Past and Present, East and West” concentrated on analogues and parallels between some of the tales in Mevlana's "Mesnevi" and Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." The lecture wrapped up with a variety of stimulating questions posed by members of the audience.
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