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MEVLEVI. This Turkish/Ottoman Sufi order, known also by its Arabic name Mawlawiyah, takes its name from the epithet of its founder Muhammad Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273). He was the son of the famed scholar Baha' al-Din Valad, and migrated as a child with his father from Balkh (in modern Afghanistan) to Konya in Rfim (modern Anatolia). Rum was the capital of the Seljuk Empire, whose officials welcomed Baha' al-Din and gave him the post of professor (muderris) in an institution of Islamic learnin ...more

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