Mevlana Jalaluddin al-Rumi, a Sufi mystic and Islamic scholar who is today revered in Turkey as a spiritual pioneer, was one of the “architects” of centuries of peace and tranquility in Anatolia.
“Throughout our history, peace and tranquility has prevailed in
Anatolia, the cradle of civilizations. Spiritual architects like Mevlana
have a big share in this,” Konya Mayor Yakup Canbolat said on the first
day of events commemorating the 13th century philosopher in the Central
On the 744th anniversary of his death, Mevlana is being commemorated
at his burial place in Konya in a ceremony known as Seb-i Aruz or
“reunion with the Beloved.”