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Konya At or near Mevlana Museum 2010 2589.jpg

Konya At or near Mevlana Museum 2010 2589.jpg

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The mesnevi han odası. After Mevlana’s death, a special office was created called ‘mesnevihan’, which was the highest rank inside the Mevlana Tekkesi. The name originated from the circumstance that Mevlana’s first successor at the head of the convent was Hüsamettin Efendi, an elderly dervish who used to read the Mesnevi (Mevlana’s six books of poetry that together amount to around 25,000 verses) as soon as he had a spare moment (which become plenty when you grow older).
Thus: the ‘mesnevihan odası’ was the room of the head of the Mevlana Tekkesi/Convent.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: Website of ‘’ & Wikipedia .

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Dick Osseman22-Apr-2011 18:00
That's the trouble with on-line translations, they sometimes do not clear things up properly.

I found at Seslisözlük: The Masnavi or Masnavi-I Ma'navi (Persian: مثنوی معنوی), also written Mathnawi or Mesnevi, written in Persian by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, the celebrated Persian Sufi saint and poet, is one of the best known and most influential works of both Sufism and Persian literature. Comprising six books of poems that amount to more than 50,000 lines, it pursues its way through 424 stories that illustrate man's predicament in his search for God .

Oda I know to be a room, and "han", well, I'm non-nonplussed unless in this case it means something like "master" (as in khan). Then it might be a thing like "the recitations' masters room".

As for using the pictures: all right. I am worried that increasingly the taking of pictures is forbidden. Next thing, they'll ask us to close our eyes also.
Guest 22-Apr-2011 15:30
The mesnevi han odası - online translation "The poem a caravanserai room"

Your pictures are very well taken. I'm using a few of them for
my own holiday movie cos we weren't allowed to take any pictures
inside the building.