Officially established on 22 August 2010, Institute of Rumi Studies’s basis goes back to the Rumi Research and Implementation Center, also formed in Selcuk University in 2005. The establishment of the Institution was recognized in the Turkish State Official Newspaper, dated 22 August 2010, numbered 27680.
In light of its vision, the Institute of Rumi Studies is working to launch graduate and doctorate programs and thus within this framework, to establish departments and branches of scholarship.
To become an authority in domestic and international platforms in the field of Rûmî and Mawlawiyya culture by producing new knowledge and providing guidance through interdisciplinary and coordinated works that are appropriate to tradition and to rational, objective and scientific research methods.
Institute of Rûmî Studies aims;
· To understand and to present in truest form the famous Turkish Muslim Sufi thinker Mawlânâ Jalâl al-Dîn Rûmî’s works, thought system and his path, the Mawlawiyya, whose essential principles he has determined, and to research the culture and art of this path,
· To produce correct knowledge according to historical facts and appropriate to tradition by removing misunderstanding and misperceptions,
· To educate academically about the topic, and alongside raising researchers and scholars, supporting already existing schooling and research,
· To become a coordination center for all works on this topic and to organize works that are of an international scope.
Officially established on 22 August 2010, Institute of Rumi Studies’s basis goes back to the Rumi Research and Implementation Center, also formed in the Selcuk University in 2005.
The idea of establishing an institute dedicated to research about Rumi is one that has been around for quite some time. As far as it can be determined, the first article that has been penned about this issue was Prof. Dr. Hamdi Ragip Atademir’s 1953 article named “Rumi Studies and Konya” wherein he points out the necessity of the establishment of a Rumi Institute and the carriage of scholarship on this topic to an academic realm. Following this, between the years of 1955-2004, many scholars of the field and Rumi friends of heart wrote articles about the necessity of establishing an institute.
In 2004, with the initiative of the rectorate of Selcuk University, the application for the establishment of the “Rumi Research and Implementation Center” was presented to the Council of Higher Education (CHE); CHE, in its General Assembly meeting held on 11 March 2005 approved the establishment of the Center. Following the completion of other necessary procedures, the Center’s code was published in the Official Newspaper number 25818, dated 17 May 2005, and the Selcuk University Rûmî Research and Implementation Center gained official status.
In 2009, efforts in the path of transforming the Rûmî Research and Implementation Center into an “Institute” with international participation were finished and the Institute of Rumi Studies was established on 22 August 2010. Asst. Prof. Dr. Nuri Şimşekler, who had led the work for the establishment of the institute, was appointed director.