Skip to content

SUFI SYMBOLISM: The Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Sufi Terminology

Khaniqahi Nimatullahi Publications

Sufi Symbolism I: Parts of the Beloved’s Body; and Wine, Music, Audition and Convivial Gatherings by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

The Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Sufi Symbolism consists of 16 volumes. The first multi-volume compilation of spiritual terms in any Western language. This volume examines the meanings of the metaphors that symbolize the limbs and traits of the Beloved’’s body, along with the vocabulary connected with festive and convivial gatherings.

Sufi Symbolism II:  Love, Lover, Beloved, Allusions and Metaphors by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

It explains the terms used by the Sufis to describe love, the lover and the Beloved, as well as the terms used to describe the gestures, states and expressions of figurative love.

Sufi Symbolism III: Religious Terminology by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

Devoted to religious terminology, this volume provides the fullest possible range of meanings to terms having to do with religious experiences, types of worship, spiritual practices and theological dogmas prevalent in Sufism.

Sufi Symbolism IV: Symbolism of the Natural World by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

This volume examines the interior dimension of the natural world, from the meaning of flowers and lights, physical and spiritual places and positions, to illustrations of the symbolism of birds, other animals, alchemy, metals and Travel


Sufi Symbolism V: Veils and Clothing, Government, Economics and Commerce, Medicine and Healing by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

This volume explores the physical and metaphysical veils between God and man, as well as the inner experiences of mystics regarding political power, government, war, peace and above all, sickness, health, life and death.


Sufi Symbolism VI: Titles and Epithets by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

This volume deals exclusively with the mystical anthropology, esoteric hierarchy and spiritual degrees of the mystics with the corresponding epithets, adjectives and titles used by the Sufis among them to designate these differences.

Sufi Symbolism VII: Contemplative Disciplines, Visions and Theophanies, Family Relationships, … Names of Sufi Orders  by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

This volume contains a unique explanation of the terms used by the Sufis concerning their spiritual techniques, practices and disciplines; descriptions of the modes of enlightenment, terms used for family relationships and the psychological attributes of servanthood. The book ends with a succinct description of various Sufi orders.

Sufi Symbolism VIII: Inspirations, Revelations, Lights, Chrismatic Powers, States and Stations  by Dr Javad Nurbakhsh

This volume introduces the lexicon used to describe non-rational levels of being and the manifestation of supernatural phenomenon. It also presents the gradations of mystical states and stations while discussing miracles, charismatic powers and ecstatic utterances generated by the intervention of the Divine.

Sufi Symbolism IX: Spiritual Faculties, Spiritual Organs, Knowledge, Gnosis, Wisdom and Perfection by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

This volume explores the spiritual faculties of understanding, intuition, remembrance, insight and imagination by which we sense the inner realities embedded in the subtler aspects of the human being, the soul, the spirit and the intellect, by means of which spiritual knowledge is acquired.

Sufi Symbolism X:  Spiritual States and Mystical Stations Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

This volume provides a detail explanation of the spiritual states and mystical stations experienced by the Sufi while journeying the path towards God. It provides descriptions of the inner realities and the subtler aspects of the Sufi path.

Sufi Symbolism XI: Spiritual States and Mystical Stations by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

This volume following the team of volume ten is devoted to the spiritual states and stations the Sufis experience in their spiritual journey.

Sufi Symbolism XII: Spiritual States and Mystical Stations by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

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 Divine Presence.

Sufi Symbolism XIII: Scribes, Pens, Tablets, Koranic Letters, Words, Discourse, Speech, Divine Names, Attributes and Essence by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

God is the Scribe, and the world is His ledger; This volume traces this analogy through the writings of great mystics of the Sufi tradition whose many references to God made use of images of pens, tablets, letters, words, and names to describe the creation of all that exist.

Sufi Symbolism: The Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Sufi Terminology, Vol. XIV: The Unity of Being 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 theological speculations of terms such as “Unity of Being” and “Degrees of Multiplicity.”

Sufi Symbolism XV: The Terms relating to Reality, the Divine Attributes and the Sufi Path by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

This volume is devoted both to elucidating on the philosophical metaphysics of "Reality," and to clarify technical Sufi terms pertaining to the path itself such as the Sufi meeting-house (khaniqah) as well as many lesser-known, and some generally obscure terms concerning the way.