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13th-century Persian poet Mowlana Jaleleddin Mohammad Balkhi
13th-century Persian poet Mowlana Jaleleddin Mohammad Balkhi
 
 
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Iran is commemorating National Mowlavi Day to pay tribute to the renowned 13th century Persian poet on his birthday anniversary.
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Mowlana (Mowlavi) Jaleleddin Mohammad Balkhi, aka Rumi in certain countries, was a poet, Islamic scholar, theologian and mystic.
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He was born in Balkh (now part of Afghanistan) and passed away in Konya, Turkey, where he was laid to rest.
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Every year, Iranians hold ceremonies in different cities across the country, including the capital, Tehran, to pay homage to the world-famous literary figure.
Similar ceremonies are also held in other countries, including Turkey and Tajikistan.
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Mowlavi is better known for his magnum opus, Masnavi, which contains a great number of stories and anecdotes of diverse styles and is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of Persian literature.
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His second best known work is Diwan-i Shams-i Tabriz which is named in honor of his master Shams. The major work is a collection of poems, including couplets, quatrains and ghazals, a form of poetry.
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Mowlavi’s poems have been widely translated from Persian into many of the world's languages.
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In 2007, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named 2007 as the year of Mowlavi in honor of the Persian poet's outstanding achievements.