O lovers, O lovers,

I’ve lost the wine glass.

I’m drunk from the wine

not found in a wine glass.

Mawlana Rumi, Ghazal 1371, translation by Muhammad Ali Mojaradi.

Reclaiming Rumi is no easy task; we’re up against decades of mistranslations and centuries of orientalist narratives about Islam. We’re also faced with a post-colonial wealth disparity and a lack of institutions designed to address the modern, secularized world - but we have the heart and soul of Rumi and with that, we can win this fight.

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Ultimately, the truth will prevail.