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When works on Sufi doctrines and translations from parts of Masnavi started appearing in the West in the nineteenth century, a view started developing amongst the Western orientalists. and philosophers that Rumi had taught a kind of pantheism.
n his Encyclopaedia, in the section on Absolute Mind, Hegel wrote about the relation between philosophy and religion. In this section, the main discussion focuses on pantheism, and Hegel talks about the Bhagawat-Gita and the Vedas, comparing the idolatry of a Hindu to the "everything is God, and God everything" of a pantheist.
Rumi in the Western Intellectual Milieu