Jalal ad-Din Rumi (aka Rumi) was a 13th-century Sufi poet and mystic. Rumi was also a professor, husband and father. Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam, a religion which emerged in Arabia in the 7th century at a time when excessive wealth from the spice trade, overuse of alcohol and other behaviours were affecting family relationships and tribal customs. The Qur’an (the holy book for Islam) says of wine and gambling, “In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit.” Many Islamic societies went on to adopt formal rules against alcohol use. But like all major religions, there has always been great variation in beliefs and behaviours among followers of Islam. This lesson plan aims to engage students in a dialogue about alcohol and drug use through the analysis of Rumi's poem.
• Apply appropriate strategies to comprehend written, oral and visual texts, guide inquiry, and extend thinking
• Think critically, creatively and reflectively to explore ideas within, between and beyond texts
• Recognize and identify the role of personal, social and cultural contexts, values and perspectives in
• Construct meaningful personal connections between self, text and world
• Respond to text in personal, creative and critical ways
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