Themes in Sufism

Khaniqahi Nimatullahi Publications

The Psychology of Sufism by Dr Javad Nurbakhsh

This book is a guide to help the reader understand the nature of man and the obstacles to becoming a true human being. The book also discusses the realms of the Heart, the Spirit, the Inner Consciousness and the Innermost Consciousness.

Sufi Women by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

In the Prologue of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh’s book Sufi Women the question “Is there any difference between men and women in terms of their faith?” is plainly addressed. With candid simplicity, Dr. Nurbakhsh writes that women who seriously set foot on the path toward Reality are in exactly the same position as men who do so. He goes on to extol: “Since in the Ocean of Divine Unity neither “I” or “You” exists, what possible meaning can man or woman have?"

Sufi Men by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

A complement to the book Sufi Women. This is a collection of the sayings and experiences of a limited number of major Sufis. Although there may be some perfected Sufis who have not been mentioned or some Sufis without the same merit, who have been praised here, there has been no agenda in selecting these individuals.

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Jesus in the Eyes of the Sufis by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

This book presents a wealth of stories and poetry about Jesus, many of which are new to Christian readers. The inner meaning of Christian symbols are revealed here as they appear in Sufi mystical writings.

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Dogs from a Sufi Point of View by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

The dog is considered to be a model for fidelity in classical Sufi literature. In this collection of stories praising the dog’s sense of patience, gratitude, service and self-sacrifice are the shared virtues of both dog and man. One anecdote begins: “I learned Sufism from a dog sleeping by the door of a house …”. Sufis see the value of humility, loyalty and the importance of taming the unruly aspects (nafs), inviting the reader to share in the wisdom of Jami when he says “I am the dog at the threshold of neediness, my collar is fashioned from fidelity to God.”