Rumi Timeline

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  • 1207 - 1273
    Life of the Persian poet Rumi, considered one of the greatest literary artists in the world.
  • c. 1215
    Rumi's father flees Balkh, Afghanistan to escape invading Mongols; moves family to Konya, Anatolia.
  • c. 1228
    Rumi is a highly-respected teacher and theologian living in Konya. When his father dies, he assumes his role as head of the religious community.
  • 1244
    Rumi meets the Sufi mystic Shams-i-Tabrizi and the two become inseparable friends.
  • 1248
    Shams-i-Tabrizi disappears; Rumi recognizes their spiritual connection is ongoing and begins to compose verse.
  • 1248 - 1273
    Rumi composes mystical poetry for the rest of his life, including his famous work, the Masnavi, still unfinished at the time of his death.