The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality
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The Republic of Rumi: a Novel of Reality

By Khurram Ali Shafique

Part 3: The Reversal


The reader becomes aware of their own role as the protagonist. The German poet-thinker Goethe (Chapter 31) guides the reader through the biography of the Poet's mind, which ends on recognizing the English playwright William Shakespeare as Western counterpart of Mawlana Rumi (Chapter 45).

Chapter
Title and Synopsis
31. Goethe

31. Goethe: With reference to the German “Thinker of Life” Goethe, the reader is informed about the impending rise of a new type of humanity that is represented by the reader.

32. The King of Afghanistan

32. The King of Afghanistan: Since the new type of human being is likely to become understood first in the East, the enclave is dedicated to the King of Afghanistan.

33. Flowers of Sinai

33. The Flowers of Sinai: 163 quatrains on the subject of love are spread out like tulips from the Mount Sinai where Moses saw the Divine illumination.

35. Creation Stories

34. Creation Stories: Here the reader is offered a few insights about the new type of human being.

35. The Spirit of Muslim Culture

35. The Song of Muhammad: Free translation of Goethe’s poem in praise of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) offering the German poet’s perception of the ideal of Islam.

36. Hafiz of Shiraz

36. Hafiz of Shiraz: The reader visits a tavern where wine extracted from the verses of Hafiz is served with a rather unusual reference to Joseph.

37. The Mind of Europe

37. The Mind of Europe: This is the Poet’s message to the intellectuals of the West.

38. Joseph of the West

38. Joseph of the West: Here are a few reflections on brave new world that might come into being: Goethe meets Rumi and visionaries from the East and the West discuss issues of common interest.

39. 'Glory'

39. ‘Glory’: The reader enters the third enclave, The Call of the Marching Bell (1924), which is a biography of the Poet’s mind.

40. The Inner Child

40. The Inner Child: The reader learns that Joseph is the calling of the inner child of everyone regardless of race, country or religion.

41. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

41. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: The reader gets to see that Joseph was an ideal that was being created in the collective ego of the Poet’s society.

42. The Brotherhood of the Tavern

42. Brotherhood of the Tavern: By March 1907, the Poet was ready to say everything but the secret he wanted to share had no name in any language of the world.

43. The Vision of Nezami

43. The Vision of Nezami: The twelfth century Persian poet Nezami Ganjavi had a vision about the future of the humanity, which has been incorporated into the work of the Poet.

44. Mother

44. Mother: The tomb of the Poet’s mother marks the point where the extended track of his personal discoveries leads back into the Garden.

45. Shakespeare

45. Shakespeare: The English playwright is recognized as the equivalent of Mawlana Rumi in the Garden.


Search the Republic of Rumi

The Republic of Rumi: a Novel of Reality (2007) is an interactive summary of the works of the Poet-Philosopher Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), which can be traced back to the message and purpose of Rumi. It is a voice of hopefulness and a call for bringing a positive change.