The greatest Sufi poet, Afghanistan-born Rumi (1207-1273) composed prolific lyrical and devotional poems in Persian, living out most of his life in modern-day Turkey. Following his death, his followers and his son, Sultan Walad, founded the Mawlawiyah Sufi Order, also known as the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, famous for its Sufi dance known as the sama ceremony. He is now one of the world’s most beloved poets.