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Zahra Taheri on women in Rumi's spiritual circle

In this lecture, Dr Zahra Taheri discusses the role of the feminine in the life and teachings of the mystic Sufi poet Rumi. Feminine images and metaphors have great significance in Rumi's spiritual teachings, and women are also held in high regard in his spiritual circle as disciples, companions and spiritual guides.

Dr Zahra Taheri is convenor of the Persian Program at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University.

This lecture was part of the 2012 Love and devotion Persian Cultural Crossroads conference. The transliterations used in the video captions and transcript are those of the speaker.