Maulaana Jalalludin Balkhi was born in 1207 in Balkh, a
village part of the Khorassan's Persian region*. His name was Jalalludin
Mohammad. Even though he was born in Afghanistan, in Turkey and
ancient Rome he was known as 'Rumi' meaning "from Rome".
In the wake of Mongolian attacks his family moved to Anatolia, Turkey.
He known mostly as Maulaana Jalalludin Balkhi in Afghanistan but
in Turkey, to oppose his birthplace claims, Turkey is claiming that
Jalalludin Balkhi is from Turkey and not Afghanistan. It is true
that the far northern part of Afghanistan's area where he was born
was known as Turkistan one time but to conclude he was an Afghan
to the end. [continua...]
the city of Balkh is in Afghanistan, but in the XIII century was
part of the Persian empire. Sadly, often the media forget the true
nationality of Moulana.