Bahāʾ al-Dīn Walad (Bahāʾ Walad or Sulṭān al-ʿUlamāʾ)
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Bahāʾ al-Dīn Walad (Bahāʾ Walad or Sulṭān al-ʿUlamāʾ), Muḥammad b. Ḥusayn Khaṭībī Bakrī (543–628/1148–1231), a prominent Sufi master and preacher (wāʿiẓ), and the father of Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī Rūmī.

Bahāʾ Walad’s lineage is said to have gone back to the first caliph, Abū Bakr al-Ṣiddīq, while on his mother’s side he was the grandson of ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn Muḥammad Khʷārazm-Shāh (Aflākī, 1/7–9; see also Jāmī, 459), but this lineage is not attested to in reliable historical accounts (see Furūzānfar, 7–8). In the Maʿārif, a record of his sermons and sayings, his honori…

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Mohammadi, Parvaneh and Melvin-Koushki, Matthew, “Bahāʾ al-Dīn Walad (Bahāʾ Walad or Sulṭān al-ʿUlamāʾ)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 18 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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