The Hazrat I Chelebi

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Today, and in the historical setting, the leader of the Mevlevi order is a direct descendant of Jalâl ud-Dîn Rûmî, known as the Hazrat-i Chelebi . Beginning with the son of Rûmî, who first began to organize the current understanding of the Sufi order, this hereditary nature played into the role Mevlevis had in the Islamization process. Interestingly, there does not seem to be a need for mystic wisdom to be the Hazrat-i Chelebi. According to one source, “It is not necessary that the [Chelebi] be gifted with spiritual advancement.” Instead, there are two leaders, one spiritual, and the other administrative, with the Chelebi being the latter. This is important for the understanding of how the Mevlevi helped with the Islamization of Eastern

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