Apart from Turkey, the 13th-century Sufi mystic, poet, philosopher, and theologian Mevlana or Maulana Jalaludin Rumi has a huge fan following in South Asia.

From different Sufi orders to poets and philosophers, Rumi’s shadow is quite evident. As the Turkish city of Konya, the resting place of Rumi is currently commemorating his 746th death anniversary, Indian author and acclaimed scholar of Persian language, Hafeezur Rahman, explains the relevance of Rumi and reason for his influence on Sufi orders in South Asia.

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Rahman, who also authored, Rumi – The Guide and Philosopher, and

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