Mowlavi’s tomb, Konya, Turkey
“The center will focus on ‘mystical literature’, ‘religious art’ and ‘Mowlaviology’,” head of Iran’s Philosophy and Wisdom Research Center Gholam-Reza Avani told ISNA.
“The center has also published its first Mowlaviology quarterly periodical and is planning to bring out a series of research books on the 13th-century mystic poet and his ideas,” he added.
Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Balkhi known as Mowlavi (1207-73) was a Persian poet, mystic and theologian, who was born in Balkh (now part of Afghanistan) and passed away in Konya.
Mowlavi is better known for his six-volume book of poems Masnavi considered by many to be one of the greatest works of both Islamic mysticism and Persian literature.
UNESCO named 2007 as the year of Mowlavi in honor of the Persian poet’s outstanding achievements.