Robert M. Rehder (essay date 1975)
SOURCE: Robert M. Rehder, "The Style of Jalal al-Din Rumi," in The Scholar and the Saint: Studies in Commemoration of Abu'l-Rayhan al-Biruni and Jalal al-Din al-Rumi, edited by Peter J. Chelkowski, New York University Press, 1975, pp. 275-85.
[Here, Rehder asserts that Rumi must be understood as a poet rather than a philosopher, and claims that "the structures of his poems are the structures of his unconscious phantasies."]
Any study of the style of a Persian author is a particularly difficult problem at present...
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