Born 1207 Balkh (in modern Afganistan), family settled in Turkey. Dad a respected Sufi teacher. As a boy he met great masters including Farid-al-Din-Attar who gave him a copy of his Book of Secrets.
1244 – 37 yrs old – Shams al-Din came into town – Rumi dropped everything.
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Shams from Tabriz and was of the Sufi Shi’ite Ismaeli tradition, not Sunni like Rumi.