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Rumi pronounciation

From: Jim Henry 
Subject: Re: Rumi pronounciation
Date: Tue, 07 May 1996 08:49:16 +0000

Mevlana Jelaladin Rumi is generally Rumi's full name.

Mevlana is a title, similar to "lord" or "master" or "teacher"
Mev rhymes with the Bev in Beverly
-lana sounds similar to the woman's name Lonna, rhymes with Donna
moderate accent on the -la-

Jelalladin  is a transliteration of a Persian or Arabic name
   that indicates connection to Allah or religion
Jel as in Jello
-lall- as in -pal- in appalling
-adin is like uh-deen

soft accents on the -lall- and the -deen

Rumi means he was from Rum  (as Israeli means from Israel or Iraqi ... )
Rum is pronounced liek "room", so Rumi = "roomie", as in roommate.

Rum, by the way is now central Turkey.  I believe Rum has a 
connection to what we know as Rome.  I make up that the Persins
called people to the East of them "Rumis" because the
Roman Empire was the empire to the West.

Good luck.


More knowledgeable people, plese correct me.

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Status: RO wrote:
> In a message dated 96-05-07 04:23:33 EDT, you write:
> >>Perhaps you can help me? I am preparing a presentation of Rumi's
> >>writings accompanied by my own photography. I want to be sure to
> >>pronounce his name correctly. Can you tell me how? Thank you.
> >>Jim Miller
> Depends.  Most English speakers will recognize Rumi as pronounced "Roomy."
> In Perso-Arabic script, it's written to be pronounced Roo-mee, equal stress
> on both syllables. Coleman Barks pronounces it this way, btw.  Rumi's
> devotees and most Turks simply refer to him as "Mevlana:"  "Our Master."
>  It's Persian, borrowed from Arabic (maw-la-na, equally accented), and the
> Turks pronounced it mev-LA-na.
> in Service,
> Hafizullah
> faqir-i Mevlevi

A large number of Persian speaking people know "Rumi" as Jallaladin 
Muhammed Balkhi.  Balkh being the place of his birth.  In fact, most 
publications in the original language do not ever refer to Maulana as 

Brent Daniel

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