Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh
Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh
Born in Iran, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh was Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order from the age of 26. He was Professor of Psychiatry and Head of that department at the University of Tehran.
He has written extensively on psychiatry as well as Sufism. Under his direction over 50 Khaniqahs were constructed in Iran.
Then the Nimatullahi Order moved outside Iran to America, Western Europe, Africa and Australia, thus becoming available to the World.
The Crucible of Light
- Dr. Nurbakhsh illustrates the 150 fundamental concepts and terms of Sufism.
- He uses examples taken from classical writings of Persian Sufism.
- Each entry is preceded by his personal explanation.
- The book is written with clarity and wisdom.
- It is indispensible for those seeking to make a serious study of the most important Masters.
Also available by Dr. Nurbakhsh at The Olive Tree:
Discourses on the Sufi Path
- Originally a talk with his disciples.
- He presents the basic practices and principles of Sufism.
- Straightforward and clear so that all Sufis, regardless of their path could follow and understand.
- Taped at the time of delivery, many of the talks were subsequently published in the ‘Sufi’ magazine.
- Explanations are clearly given on topics such as Sincerity, Love, Chivalry and other topics.
- The book provides a source of guidance and inspiration to anyone involved on a spiritual path.
A brief history of Sufism.
- 129 Sufi women are discussed.
- For example Rabia Al-Adawiyya is discussed in detail.
- Topics include: her early years and youth, marriage, devout way of life, old age, death, anecdotes, poems and
Jesus in the Eyes of the Sufis
- In Sufi literature, Jesus is the model of a perfect human being and the supreme example of a true Master.
- He is, in the eyes of the Sufis, a perfect Sufi.
- His spirit has always prevailed in Sufi ethics and behaviour.
- Among the topics covered are: Jesus’ utterance from the cradle, his childhood, his passing, his spiritual station and Jesus’ Prayer.
In The Tavern of Ruin (Seven Essays on Sufism)
- Includes: Sufism (from a speech delivered at the Sorbonne, 1963); Steps of the Path; Love; Sama; the Rules and Manners of the Khaniqah; Answers to questions on Sufism; Master and disciple.
Spiritual Poverty in Sufism (Faqr and Faqir)
- Includes definitions of Spiritual Stations; Mystical States; Time; and Breath.
- The book gives a range of definitions by various Sufi Sheikhs/Masters.
- The author adds his own explanations of certain words and phrases.
- The book is clearly laid out and is a fascinating collection from the translation of a Persian original published in London in 1982.
The Truths of Love (Sufi Poetry)
- Translator: Leonard Lewisohn; Editor: William C. Chittick.
- Contains 55 short poems.
- Printed in both English and Farsi.
- Beautifully printed with English calligraphy by Hajar Rossi.
- Perhaps the most complete and detailed account of the aim, method and living practice of Sufism in the contemporary world.
- Written by a Master of a Sufi Order which has been in continuous existence for over 700 years.
- Consists of a series of essays on various aspects of the Sufi path.
- Provides an overview of the Sufi mystical way.
- Describes the practices taught by Sufi Masters for centuries and followed today in traditional Sufi Orders throughout the world.
- Includes sections on: Love; Sama; Remembrance; Contemplation; Meditation: and Initiation.