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Rumi draws Madonna to Turkey

TURKEY: International pop star Madonna will soon visit Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s adopted home of Konya, Turkey, a Turkish newspaper reported Thursday.
The singer, who has expressed interest in Rumi’s teachings in the past and recorded an English translation of one of his poems, will be accompanied by her friend, Turkish fashion photographer Mert Alaş. The newspaper reported that Madonna was also expected to attend a series of events in Konya, which will be held to mark the 789th anniversary of Rumi’s arrival to the Anatolian city after fleeing a Mongol invasion of Central Asia.
Madonna will stay in Konya for two days before leaving for Bodrum, a popular vacation resort in southwestern Turkey, the Daily Sabah reported.
The 58-year-old singer last visited Turkey in 2012 where she performed in a concert in Istanbul.
Rumi is one of the best-selling poets in the US.