Khaniqahi Nimatullahi Publications,
"provide insight into the key aspects of Sufism and will prove useful for everyone interested in the subject, from those in the scholarly community to those who are simply lovers of true spirituality".
Anne-Marie Schimmel, Harvard University
The concept of the Unity of Religions (within the framework of Islamic tawhid, or 'the profession of God's Unity') permits integration and respect for the doctrines of other spiritual paths and religions, thus providing the groundwork for universal communication and multicultural pluralism.Moreover, Sufism has had a profound, and until recently largely unnoticed, influence on modern Western thought. This includes the English Romantic literary renaissance, Goethe and the German Idealist movement, Emerson and the American transcendentalist school.
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The word 'khaniqah' refers to the gathering place of the Sufis. The word 'Nimatullahi' is derived from the name of Shah Nimatullah Wali, who founded the order at the end of the 14th century A.D. The present master of the Khaniqahi Nimatullahi is Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh. Dr. Nurbakhsh was born in Kerman, Iran. He attended medical school at the University of Tehran and received his medical doctor diploma in 1952. In 1962, he was invited to undertake post-graduate studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. He then returned to Tehran where he completed his studies in psychiatry and later became professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Tehran University until his retirement in 1977. Dr. Nurbakhsh was initiated into the Nimatullahi Sufi Path at age 16. At age 20 he was appointed by his master, Munis 'Ali Shah, to the position of Shaikh (spiritual director), and after the death of Munis became Master of the Nimatullahi Order. He was then 26 years old. Dr. Nurbakhsh who currently resides in England, has been the editor of KNP since its establishment in Tehran, Iran in 1945. KNP publishes works in English, translated from the original Persian.
These books introduce the reader to the substance and definition of Sufism, its aim and method, its inner practices, and what it means to be a Sufi.
"....Dr. Nurbakhsh stands
in the tradition of the classical expositors of Sufism in the Persian language
such as Attar, Rumi, and Shah Nimatullahi, while at the same time being
aware of the spiritual need of contemporary man."
Dr. S.H. Nasr, George Washington University.
These books are treatises on the various aspects of Sufism as a way of life and as a school of applied ethics that attempts to unite all human hearts in loving kindness.
A compilation of writings by perfect Sufi masters concerning the mystical state, and the inward transformation that travelers undergo on the Sufi Path. They will assist Westerners to comprehend the depth of Sufi Gnosticism and the breadth of its subject matter.
The Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Mystical Terminology. Volume I through VIII
Each volume of this encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference that explains the inner meaning of the numerous symbols, metaphors, images, and allusions in the Sufi lexicon. Relying mostly on classical Sufi texts, they provide a unique key for the interpretation of Sufi poetry and prose.
These collections of the poetry of Dr. Nurbakhsh, written over a period of 25 years, communicate through symbolic expressions the depth of Sufi spirituality, the inner states of mystical love, and the Unity of Being. Both books are accompanied by calligraphy of the original poems in Persian.
"In contrast to vague and
dreamy Americanized ideas about Sufism, the book of Dr. Nurbakhsh stand
for the real thing. His books reflect the magnificence of Persian thought
- and the harsh truths of the genuine Sufi path. In the Tavern of Ruin and
Sufism II are particularly great"
Robert Bly, poet and writer.
Recommended for a wider readership - from the layperson to the traveler on the spiritual path. Books in the category of Spiritual Stations and Psychology, and the category of Sufi Symbolism and Essays are recommended (though not exclusively) for scholars and students of religious studies with particular interest in the study of Sufism, travelers of the Sufi Path or other spiritual paths deriving from the Great Traditions.
These two books are compilations of essays presented by the world's foremost authorities on Islamic mysticism and Persian history at two international conferences sponsored by the Nimatullahi Research Center and the Center for Near & Middle Eastern Studies of the University of London, and the Nimatullahi Research Center and the George Washington University, respectively.