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