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Roderick Grierson is a scholar who is Menteşezade Research Fellow and Director of the Rumi Institute at Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus. He was formerly a fellow of the DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Roderick Grierson contributed the essay “‘One Shrine Alone’: Christians, Sufis, and the Vision of Mawlānā,” as well as the piece “In Memoriam: Gökalp Kâmil” to the volume The Philosophy of Ecstasy: Rumi and the Sufi Tradition.

He has recently edited and written an introduction to Deviant Histories: New Perspectives on Turkish Sufism, a translation of Ahmed Yaşar Ocak’s Türk Sufîlîğine Bakışlar. He has also edited and prepared an introduction and bibliography for a revised version of The City of the Heart, the first translation into English of the complete text of Yunus Emre’s Divan according to the edition published in 1961 by Abdülbâki Gölpınarlı. In 2009 he delivered the Süha Faiz Memorial Lectures, which will be published as The Road to the City of the Heart. In 2014 he delivered the Robertson–Hastie Lectures at the University of Glasgow, in which he discussed the career of William Hastie, the author of The Festival of Spring from the Díván of Jeláleddín. He has just completed the first English translation of the Risalat al-Nushiyya of Yunus Emre and is preparing an exhibition catalogue of historic engravings, lithographs and photographs of Mevlevi dervishes.

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