Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.
His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages.
He has been described as the “most popular poet in America” in 2007.
Rumi was born on 30 September 1207 in greater Balkh which overlaps present day Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
He died on 17 December 1273 in Konya in present day Turkey.