Haji Bektash Veli

Haji Bektash Veli or Hajji Bektash Wali (Persian: حاجی بکتاش ولی ‎ Ḥājī Baktāš Walī; Turkish: Hacı Bektaş Veli) was a Persian mystic, humanist and philosopher from Nishapur in Khorasan, Persia (modern-day Iran). Some sources claim he was of Turkish descent. He lived from approximately 1209-1271 in Anatolia. He was one of the figures who flourished in the Sultanate of Rum.

The name attributed to him can be translated as "The Pilgrim Saint Bektash." He is the eponym of the Bektashi Sufi order and is considered as one of the principal teachers of Alevism. He is also a renowned figure in the history and culture of both Ottoman Empire and modern day Turkey. The Hajji title implies that Haji Bektash Veli made the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina to perform Hajj.

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