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Persian mysticism, or the Persian love tradition, is a traditional interpretation of existence, life and love in Iran. It relies on revelatory and heart-felt principles in its reasoning. In fact, Persian sufism is the practical aspect of Persian mysticism.
Persian mystical thought has been analysed critically by Abdolhossein Zarrinkoub, Abdolkarim Soroush, and Dariush Shayegan. In Ghazzali, one can witness the fear-based mysticism in its most detailed and eloquent form; in Rumi, one can find love-based mysticism; in Hafiz the pleasure-based mysticism. Under Rumi's influences, Abdolkarim Soroush is currently working on power-based or epic mysticism.
Medieval Persian mystical figures
- Farid al-Din Attar
- Baba Taher
- Najmeddin Kubra
- Shams Tabrizi
- Bayazid Bastami
- Abul-Hassan Kharaqani
- Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi
- Mansur Al-Hallaj
- Omar Khayyám(philosophic Mysticism)
Modern art and the Persian mystical tradition
Persian mysticism has a significant impact on Iranian modern art.