Persian mysticism, or the Persian love tradition, is a traditional interpretation of existence, life and love, reliant upon revelatory and heart-felt principles in reasoning. Though partially sourced from the mystical Zoroastrian traditions of the Persian Empire, in its contemporary practical aspects it is now synonymous with sufism in contemporary Iran.
Persian mystical thought has been analysed critically by Abdolhossein Zarrinkoub, Abdolkarim Soroush, and Dariush Shayegan. 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.
World experts in Persian mysticism
- Garraty, John A., and Peter Gay. Columbia History of the World. Harper & Row, New York, 1981. ISBN 0-88029-004-8
- Tarnas, Richard. The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that have Shaped Our World View. Balantine: New York, 1993. ISBN 0-345-36809-6
- Smith, Huston. The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions. Harper: San Francisco, 1991. ISBN 0-06-250811-3