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Camille Helminski takes a look at some of the amazing women in Rumi’s life, including family, friends, and followers.
Taken from Women in Sufism: A Hidden Treasure by Camille Helminski, published by Shambhala.
In Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi’s family there had long been a tradition of the recognition of the spiritual beauty, yearning, and wisdom of women. It was his grandmother, the princess of Khorasan, who first lit the spark of inquiry in Rumi’s father, Bahaeddin Weled. It was under her care (Bahaeddin’s father died when he was two years old) that he grew to be the “Sultan of the learned” and a great spiritual light for his world. Mevlana’s mother, Mu’mine Hatun, a devout and saintly lady, was very dear to him. Mu’mine Hatun was the beautiful daughter of Rukhneddin, the governor of Balkh in what is now Afghanistan. Read the rest of the chapter here.