Mevlana-lover and French Professor Eva de Vitray Meyerovitch wished to be buried in Konya in her last will and testament. She had requested to be buried in Konya eleven years ago and that wish was finally fulfilled this year during the Shab-i Arus ceremony held in remembrance of Mevlana.
Eva de Vitray Meyerovitch’s body was brought from the French capital of Paris to Konya last week, and yesterday her body was brought to Selimiye Mosque for the funeral prayer. Nearly two hundred and fifty people attended, and after the prayer the imam gave a speech about life of her. Her coffin was carried to the Üçler Graveyard which is located fifty meters away from the Mevlana Museum. Professor Eva de Vitray Meyerovitch became a Muslim after she learned about Mevlana Jelalu’d-din Rûmi and named herself "Havva" (Eve in Arabic).
In a conference in Konya in 1998, the professor said, "Bury me in Konya so that I will lie under the shadow of Mevlâna’s spiritualism till the doomsday." Meyerovitch died a year later on July 24th 1999 at the age of ninety. She was first buried in Paris upon the demand of her family. Konya Municipality spent five years trying to convince her family to bury the professor in Konya. Her family finally gave permission and fulfilled her wishes two months ago.