In 1976, few people had heard of Jelaluddin Rumi. Yet, in a stellar leap that no one could have predicted, this 13th-century Islamic theologian would soon become America?s best-selling poet.?From the author?s first-hand storytelling, interviews, recorded talks, and archival photographs, Rumi Comes to America describes the generational yearning, fortuitous events, spiritual mishaps, and everyday miracles that propelled Rumi?s ancient mystical tradition to take root in America.The story focuses on a group of young seekers, inspired by author Reshad Feild?s spiritual journey to Turkey, who invite S?leyman Loras Dede, a sheikh of the Whirling Dervishes who spent most of his life cooking for the poor, to their modest duplex in Los Angeles.?S?leyman Dede was eighteen years old when he entered the dervish monastery in Konya, Turkey. But soon after, in 1926, all dervish activities, including the path of Rumi, were banned by Kemal Atat?rk in his quest to create a secular, modern Turkey.With dervish life underground, Dede?s spiritual mastery would go mostly unnoticed in Turkey until age 74 when he set foot in Los Ange