What was the role of women in the doctrines of the greatest Sufi mystics?  Dr. Zahra Taheri, an expert in Persian literature, explores the extensive use of feminine metaphors and symbols within the writings of the best-known of Sufism’s poets and philosophers, the great Jalaluddin Rumi.

Zahra reveals that Rumi’s teachings were influenced by the crucial importance of women within his daily life and spiritual circle. She shares her knowledge of the women who acted as companions and disciples to Rumi, the value he attributed to their wisdom and how the guidance they offered was reflected in his connection to the mystical divine.

Join us as we set Rumi’s beautiful works within the context of the spiritual vitality of the feminine, uncovering the hidden history of women in Sufism and shedding new light on the works of this great philosopher.

About The Speaker

Zahra Taheri

Dr. Zahra Taheri is the convenor of Persian Studies program and lecturer in Persian Language and Iranian Studies at the Australian National University. She is currently working on her upcoming book on The Image of Women in Persian Ethical Texts through a visiting scholar fellowship from the University of Oxford, UK. Dr. Taheri is also a published poet.