The 40 Rules of Love, by Shams Tabrizi

Rumi, Shams, and Whirling Dervishes

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Shams of Tabriz was a Persian Sufi and roaming dervish who lived at the end of the twelfth/ early thirteenth century. He was the spiritual teacher and advisor of Rumi, and indeed it’s often said that Rumi was a professor who Shams transformed into a mystic, a lover, and a poet.¬†There are many legends describing their meeting in Konya: Rumi was taught by Shams in seclusion for 40 days, and the period after this is¬†described as Rumi’s ‘mysticism’, where sufis danced, played music (rabab), and drank wine. It is in this time, that the concept of “whirling dervishes” originated.

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