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The Meaning of Life in Masnavi

Name of the Speaker: Mohammad Mojtahedi Shabestari

Name of the Event: The 5th Sudden Resurrection Conference, May 2011

Topic of the Event: The Meaning of Life in Masnavi

Organizer: Soroosh-e Mowlana Institute for Arts and Culture

Duration: 70 minutes

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This speech was delivered at the 5th Sudden Resurrection Conference held in May 2011 under the auspices of the Soroosh-e Mowlana Institute for Arts and Culture.

In his lecture, Professor Mojtahedi Shabestari discussed three words: life, news, and absence. According to him, these three words are organically linked to each other in the Masnavi.
At the beginning Dr. Mojtahedi Shabestari talked about Attar. He started with an introduction about Attar and his points of view on the meaning of life; for that Attar is a mystic, who had discussed the word “life” before Rumi and lots of other mystics.

He also discussed absence and truth about absence, narration and truth of narration. Dr. Mojtahedi Shabestari validated his argument with examples from the Masnavi.  
According to him, the issue of life is a fundamental concern in Rumi’s poems.


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