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"YUNUS EMRE: TURKISH MEDIEVAL HUMANIST MYSTIC"
A Presentation with Poetry and Live Music

A presentation on the great Sufi writer Yunus Emre by Prof. Dr. Talat HALMAN, First Minister of Culture of the Republic of Turkey, with Defne HALMAN, Actress

"For those who truly love God and his ways
All the people of the world are brothers.
We regard no one's religion as contrary to ours,
True love is born when all faiths are united as a whole.
True faith is in the head, not in the headgear."


Date:
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Place: Kidde Building (central campus)
Kidde Lecture Hall, 228 Kidde
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, New Jersey

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(201) 216-5399
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PROGRAM
7:00 PM - Reception
7:30 PM - Introduction by Prof. Edward FOSTER
7:40 PM - Prof. Talat HALMAN, First Minister of Culture of the Republic of
Turkey & Defne HALMAN, Actress
Language: English

Accompanying Original Music by Jeff PERETZ & ABU GARA

Open to the public without charge!

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You are cordially invited to an extraordinary occasion on "YUNUS EMRE: TURKISH MEDIEVAL HUMANIST MYSTIC: A POETRY PRESENTATION WITH LIVE MUSIC by Prof. Talat HALMAN, First Minister of Culture of the Republic of Turkey & Defne HALMAN, Actress.

Talat S. Halman, Turkey's first Minister of Culture and the Turkish-American actress Defne Halman will present a program with live music provided by Jeff Peretz and his Abu Gara Ensemble about the great medieval writer YUNUS EMRE (ca. 1238 - 1320).

This live presentation will convey YUNUS EMRE’s love for a united humanity, social justice, and universalistic values. In the late 13th and early 14th century, this mystic created lyric poems and hymns to celebrate human and divine love and issued eloquent calls for a world living in peace and harmony. In 1991, on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of his birth, UNESCO declared an International YUNUS EMRE Year.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) proclaimed 1991 as the "International Yunus Emre Year." This resolution was adopted or the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the great Anatolian poet of the 13th century.

Yunus Emre was one of the first and most influential Turkish poets and Sufi philosophers. He was considered to be the founder of Anatolian Turkish literature and, in that sense, is compared to Dante in the West. His Sufi approach has influences many Islamic sects; his hymns have been recited, chanted and handed down by mouth from one generation to the next since late 13th century.

Many poets who lived after his death borrowed his name and contributed to the major pool of hymns bearing his name. There exist numerous biographies and tombs attributed to him all over Anatolia.

Information on his life has been derived from events and personalities cited in his verse. A total of 357 poems have been attributed to him as a result of literary analyses. Yunus came from a poor peasant family and was initiated into a mystic sect of Islam. He is said to have met Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, the poet and founder of Mevlevi sect. According to _Velayetname_ (the Book of the Saints of the Bektasi order), Yunus was a student of Tapduk Emre, a dervish who belonged to a school of Turkish intellectuals coming from Asia in front of the Mongol flood towards Anatolia. Yunus Emre lived in a most unstable, chaotic period of Anatolian histyory, a time when the Mongolian invaders abolished the Anatolian Seljuk State.

Under these conditions of persistent injustice, robbery and murder, Yunus Emre advised people to attend to the love of God, love of people, and love of peace.

Unlike Mevlana who wrote in Persian, the literary language of the era, Yunus expressed himself in his native tongue, Turkish. His language is direct and easy-to-understand, while his style is rich in Sufi metaphors. His verses are full of penetrating, humane and enthusiastic feelings and

ideas. According to his approach, God and man are the same; everyone has a piece of God within himself, and only the body dies and the soul reaches to God, but only if he has loved mankind and forgiven faults, endured pains and tried to learn the secrets, the reasons, and the forms of being.

Prof. Talat Halman is a principal scholar/translator of YUNUS EMRE's work. In 1971 he published the first English-language book ever on YUNUS EMRE - - "The Humanist Poetry of YUNUS EMRE". This work was followed by "YUNUS EMRE and His Mystical Poetry"(1981) and "YUNUS EMRE: Selected Poems"(1990). In Turkey he published a critical book on YUNUS EMRE in 2003. His work relating to YUNUS EMRE includes dozens of articles in Turkish and English and numerous major lectures in the United States, Turkey, Spain, etc.

This event is co-sponsored by the Turkish Studies Program at the Stevens Institute of Technology http://www.stevens.edu/main/home/ and the Light Millennium, Inc.

"Come, let us all be friends for once,
Let us make life easy on us,
Let us be lovers and loved ones,
The earth shall be left to no one."

-- by Yunus EMRE
(1241-1320 /or 1321)

 

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