Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was an 13th century Sufi poet and jurist. Rumi was born in Vakhsh to a Balkhi family in the Eastern end of Persia in a region named Khorasan. He was an orthodox cleric until his chance encounter with wandering mystic Shams ad-Din of Tabriz, who introduced him to Sufism and fundamentally changed his worldview. Rumi left behind the Masnavi-e Ma‘navi, a six-book epic consisting of stories and fables to guide the spiritual traveler, the Divan-e Shams, a large volume of mystical love poetry, and two other books of sermons collected by his students. His legacy lives on in the Mevlevi Sufi order, founded by and still maintained by his descendants.