The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi and, prior to class, write 2-3 paragraphs (total) on the following questions:

 

This section of the novel is titled, “Wind: The Things that Shift, Evolve, and Challenge.” How does this characterize the nature of Rumi’s meeting and subsequent relationship with Shams of Tabriz? This encounter changes the nature of Rumi’s relationship with others. How did you feel about this? What was your impression of Shams during this part of the novel?

This part of the novel develops the personal stories of three female characters central to Sweet Blasphemy: Kerra, Kimya, and Desert Rose the Harlot. Which to you find most compelling? Why?
Here are the professor instructions of assignment #5:

Read pages 237-350 (the end) of The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi and, prior to class, write 2-3 paragraphs (total) on the following questions:

What does the novel as whole say about love? Does it espouse a consistent philosophy of the nature, purpose, and value of love? Which of the forty rules speak to you most directly?

Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
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