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Wed, Mar 06


West Vancouver Memorial Library

Farsi Poetry Night: The Ghazals of Shams (Divan-i-Shams)

Farsi dar BC and Third Bridge Foundation invite you to a night of "Ghazal", embracing "Divan-e-Shams"

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Farsi Poetry Night: The Ghazals of Shams (Divan-i-Shams)
Farsi Poetry Night: The Ghazals of Shams (Divan-i-Shams)

Time and Location

Mar 06, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1J8, Canada

In this event, we will delve into the mesmerizing verses of Shams Tabrizi, particularly exploring excerpts from the renowned collection, "Divan-e Shams Tabrizi" or "Kolliyat-e Shams." This compilation stands as one of the five masterpieces of Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi, commonly known as Rumi.

Coordinator: Dr Leila Raei - PhD in Persian Literature.

About "Divan-e Shams Tabrizi":

Also referred to as "Divan-e Kabir" or "Ghazaliyat-e Shams," this collection showcases the profound connection between Rumi and his spiritual companion, Shams Tabrizi. Rumi, with his fervor and restlessness, often mentions Shams Tabrizi as his beloved and inspiration throughout the verses.

Program Highlights:

We aim to analyze the ghazals within "Divan-e Shams Tabrizi," recognizing the poetic expressions of Rumi's deep connection and love for Shams. The meeting of Rumi with Shams Tabrizi in the year 642 Hijri brought about a revolutionary transformation in Rumi's life, leading him to abandon traditional teachings and focus on self-discovery and spiritual refinement.

Discussion Points:

A portion of the program will be dedicated to a conversation about the life of Rumi, the profound impact of Shams Tabrizi on Rumi's character, and the influence Rumi, in turn, had on Persian and global mysticism and literature.

Please Note: This event will be recorded and photographed. If you have any question on privacy of the event, please contact

This event takes place in the the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the  the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. As a settler, I am thankful for their generosity and guardianship of these lands and waters.

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