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Statue of Sinan before the
Selimiye mosque in Edirne.
Photography by Gilles Frenken.


The Poet and the Architect
These superb documentaries coincide with the exhibition Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan.

Rumi: Poet of the Heart
(1998, 58 minutes)
Director: Haydn Reiss
This film features Coleman Barks, a prolific Rumi translator, in live performance and intimate conversation with Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, Michael Meade, Huston Smith, and others, to celebrate the joyous and spiritual passion of Rumi's poetry. Musical performances with oud virtuoso Hamza El Din and singer Jai Uttal add to this inspiring and compelling film, which will be introduced by Haydn Reiss.

followed by:

Sinan, A Divine Architect
(2008, 52 minutes)
Director: Remmelt Lukkien
This film explores the fascinating life and work of Mimar Sinan (1489–1588), Turkish cultural hero and the foremost architect in Islamic history. Follow his story from his birth as a Christian through his conversion to Islam and appointment as Chief Architect of the vast Ottoman Empire, a position which he held until the age of ninety-eight. Sinan's impressive domed structures have defined the famous skyline of Istanbul for centuries and his Selim Mosque at Edirne is regarded as the apogee of classical dome architecture.
Friday, October 28, 2011, 7 p.m.

Exhibition-related films are free with museum admission. Tickets are available at the Admission Desk on the day of the screening. Advance reservations for Morgan Members only: 212.685.0008, ext. 560, or

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.

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The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.