American scholar of Rumi studies dies

Publish Date : Wednesday 8 August 2018 - 20:44
IBNA- An American professor of Exeter University in England, scholar of Mawlana Rumi ‎studies and Iranologist Leonard Lewisohn (Ph.D.) passed away on August 6. ‎
Leonard Lewisohn ‎
According to IBNA correspondent, born in 1953, Leonard Lewisohn was Senior Lecturer in Persian and Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow in Classical Persian and Sufi Literature at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter, where he taught Islamic Studies, Sufism, history of Iran, as well as courses on Persian texts and Persian poetry in translation. He specialized in translation of Persian Sufi poetic and prose texts.

Lewisohn was also the Editor of the Mawlana Rumi Review and the co-director (with Michael Axworthy) of the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies.

In April 2016, he organised with Reza Tabandeh (Ph.D.) a three-day international conference on "Sufis and Mullahs: Sufis and Their Opponents in the Persianate World.”

He is the author of ‘Beyond Faith and Infidelity: The Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmud Shabistari’ (London: 1995), and the editor of three volumes on ‘The Heritage of Sufism’, vol. 1: ‘The Legacy of Mediæval Persian Sufism’, vol. 2: ‘Classical Persian Sufism from its Origins to Rumi Classical Persian Sufism from its Origins to Rumi’, vol. 3 (with David Morgan): ‘Late Classical Persianate Sufism: the Safavid and Mughal Period’ (Oxford: 1999)—covering a millennium of Islamic history.

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