Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, most commonly shortened to “Rumi,” has charmed people across the world for centuries. The Sufi poet is revered for his mystic, transformative poetry and prose, the English translations of which have gained popularity in the West in recent years. During this six-session course, Reza Tabandeh explores Rumi’s philosophy and his heritage and the legacy of his mystical writings, practices, and beliefs.


Reza Tabandeh received his B.A. from York University in Religious Studies. He also finished his M.A. on Rumi at the University of Toronto. He earned a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter, UK. His thesis explored the revival of Ni‘matullāhī Sufism in Qājār Persia, focusing on the second generation of Ni‘matullāhī masters during the period following the return of the order to Persia from India (1776). He has made appearances as a guest lecturer at Brock University, University of Toronto, and York University, as well as the Aga Khan Museum in Canada, where he lectured on subjects related to contemporary Sufism and Shi‘ite Sufism, with special attention toward Ni‘matullāhī Sufism and persecution of Sufis in Persia. He was also a visiting lecturer in University of Bradford, UK, where he discussed issues related to the cultural influences of countries including Iran, Lebanon, and Palestine. He finished his post-doctoral research at the University of Toronto on the concept of the love of “People of the Prophet’s House” among Sufis between the 12th to 15th centuries. He has written numerous papers about Sufism, and is currently teaching at the University of Toronto.

Rumi and the Philosophy of Love and Ecstasy

$210, $180 Friends, $150 students and seniors
50% parking discount available during course