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The Sufi Symbolism series is the Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Mystical Terminology. 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.

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  • Sufi Symbolism I

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    This is the first volume of a 16-volume work by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh. It was conceived in response to a multitude of queries from aspirants on the Path, seeking the interpretation of poetic symbolic terms, with a view to…
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  • Sufi Symbolism II

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    This is the second volume of a 16-volume work by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh. The sufis have developed a wonderful variety of metaphors, drawn from worldly experience and figurative love, to inspire others of sensitive heart to …
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  • Sufi Symbolism III

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    The 3rd volume of Sufi Symbolism is devoted to sufi terms concerning various types of devotion, religious experience, spiritual practices and theological dogmas as understood by the sufis. The author reveals the inner me…
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  • Sufi Symbolism IV

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    This volume defines the meanings of flowers, lights, classifications of physical and spiritual places and positions, birds and other animals in sufi poetry. One chapter covers the symbolism of alchemy, metals and another…
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  • Sufi Symbolism IX

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    Sufis' knowledge of God is not based on what anyone has told them, but rather comes through personal experience of traversing the inner realms that connect each human being with his or her Source. This volume explores th…
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  • Sufi Symbolism V

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    The present volume is divided into four sections. The first examines the various types of veils between God and man, both physical and metaphorical. The next discusses and defines terminology used by the mystics for poli…
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  • Sufi Symbolism VI

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    This volume concentrates on the spiritual epithets, adjectives of description and names used by the sufis among themselves. The technical terms defined address the mystical anthropology, esoteric hierarchy and spiritual …
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  • Sufi Symbolism VII

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    Aside from their unique poetic imagery, the sufis also drew inspiration from spiritual techniques, practices and disciplines, the terminology of which constitutes the introductory chapter of this volume. One finds in the…
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  • Sufi Symbolism VIII

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    The sufis have introduced a vast number of terms into the lexicon of Islamic mysticism to describe their own interiorized vision and experience of the spiritual path to the Divine Being. Many of these terms concern exclu…
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  • Sufi Symbolism X

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    This is the first of the three volumes (X,XI,XII) that explore the spiritual states and mystical stations which the sufis experience while journeying and wayfaring the Sufi Path. In the words of the great sufi masters th…
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  • Sufi Symbolism XI

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    This is the second of three volumes (X, XI, XII) relating to the spiritual states and stations of Sufism. This volume covers such topics as Etiquette, Contraction and Expansion, Sobriety and Intoxication.…
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  • Sufi Symbolism XII

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    This is the third of the three volumes (X,XI,XII) relating to spiritual states and mystical stations. This volume covers such topics as Annihilation, & Subsistence, Concentration & Dispersion, Anonymity, Harshness and Di…
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  • Sufi Symbolism XIII

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    “God is the scribe…, and the world is His ledger.” He wrote with Merciful Breath the many beautiful Names “that are the waves of this deep sea that has no bounds.” Volume XIII of this encyclopedia traces this a…
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  • Sufi Symbolism XIV

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    This volume deals with the philosophical dimension of sufi teachings, particularly with the theological nuances of a great variety of mystical terms. The reader will be able to appreciate the breath and grandeur of sufi …
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  • Sufi Symbolism XV

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    This volume is devoted both to elucidating the philosophical metaphysics of ‘Reality’ and to clarifying technical sufi terms pertaining to the path itself. Such terms include the sufi meeting-house (khaniqah) as well…
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  • Sufi Symbolism XVI General Index

    by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    The general index of the Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Sufi Symbolism provides indices in both English and transliterated Persian which cover the entire fifteen volumes of text. It will thus facilitate use of this unique ref…
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