Sibel Akgün

Keywords: Cyprus Turkish Community, Lefkosa Mawlavi House, Mevleviyeh, Political lmpact, Cultural Impact

Abstract

The order of Mevleviyeh, to a certain degree, has played a role in shaping Islamic culture for many centuries. In the Mevlevi lodge established in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, the system of Mevlevi thoughts and Mevlana's ideas reached and spread among the Turkish community living on Cyprus for centuries. Aside from being a religious order, the Mevleviyeh in Nicosia left lasting impressions on the political and cultural life on the Turkish community in Cyprus and for this reason has continued its existence until today. In order to understand the political and cultural effects the Nicosia Mevleviyeh has had on the Turkish Cypriot community, it is necessary to look briefly at its history.