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The story of the French scholar Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch, translator of the 13th century poet Rumi. A Whirling Dervish guides the reader through the intertwined paths of Eva and Mevlana Rumi in this dialogue across time, faiths, languages and cultures in an interior conversation of minds and hearts.
A fascinating conversation with 'Ink of Light' author Katherine Branning and Fons Vitae board member Jill H. Cooper on the themes of the book.
... an intimate feminine glimpse inside the secrets of the Whirling. Here we see the body, spirit, training, soaring as one. Highly recommended for all spiritual seekers and lovers of Rumi.
— Omid Safi, Professor and Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center
This book is unique in the way it offers insights into how a woman schooled in the Western intellectual tradition could be transformed by her encounter with the profoundest ideas of the Islamic Sufi tradition.
— Kabir Helminski, author, translator of Rumi and Sufi Shaikh
A luminous travel through time written from the heart. This double biographical novel depicts the life of Rumi and Eva de-Vitray Meyerovitch, who accomplished the incredible task of translating all six volumes of the Mathnawi.
— Shems Friedlander, poet, photographer and author
... a felicitous and rare harmony between historical fact and literary fiction. The spiritual content is... reinforced by each chapter being introduced by a systematic presentation of the phases of the Mevlevi ritual of the whirling dervishes. We are in the presence of a journey towards spiritual awakening.
— Eric Geoffroy, Islamologist and Professor at the University of Strasbourg, France
Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch, Paris, France, in the 1960’s and 70s: a modern European woman pursuing a brilliant professional career and family life.
Jelaleddin Rumi, Konya, Turkey, in the 1250’s: a teacher following his charismatic scholar father, studying and learning all he could in the cosmopolitan court of the Seljuk Empire.
Everything would appear to separate them on the surface: One was French, the other a Persian transplanted to Turkey; one was born a Christian woman in the modern era, the other a Muslim man in the Middle Ages. Yet, much united them at the same time: both were teachers and seekers of truth who communicated in the universal language of compassion and love. Each experienced a chance encounter which changed their lives and united them thereafter in spiritual and intellectual complicity.
Their dialogue across languages and cultures is related here in a series of imaginary conversations that Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch holds with Mevlana, recalling her life story and his influence upon it. The phases of her life – childhood, university studies, marriage, war years, discovery of Islam, teaching career, travels, public advocacy, mentorship and translation projects – all surprisingly mirror the trajectory of Mevlana’s own life 700 years earlier. Both believed in the existence of a world without hate, violence, borders or revenge; a world of peace and equality where all could meet in a field of diversity and respect.
Each conversation is preceded by a description of one of the 12 successive parts of the sema, the world-famous whirling ceremony of the dervishes of the Mevlevi Sufi order founded by the son of Mevlana. These segments not only provide insight on the details of this moving ritual of moving meditation, but also set the rhythm for the mutual itinerary of Mevlana and Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch.
So come; let us follow the lead of the humble dervish ready to begin the sema dance of this whirling prayer of life known as Sufism.