Persian mysticism

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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.[1]


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.[2][3]


Medieval Persian mystical figures[edit]

Modern art and the Persian mystical tradition[edit]

Persian mysticism has a significant impact on Iranian modern art.

World experts in Persian mysticism[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Garraty, John A., and Peter Gay. Columbia History of the World. Harper & Row, New York, 1981. ISBN 0-88029-004-8
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Smith, Huston. The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions. Harper: San Francisco, 1991. ISBN 0-06-250811-3