|Statement||Massoud Homayouni ; translated from the original Âzeri and Persian by F.J. Stone.|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||307p.,(27)p. of plates|
|Number of Pages||307|
"This is a brilliant, free-ranging, mind-enhancing, life-cautioning book."--The Independent In the summer of Robert Irwin set off for Algeria in search of Sufi enlightenment. There he entered a world of marvels and ecstasy, converted to Islam, and received an initiation as afaqir. He learnt the rituals of Islam in North Africa and he studied Arabic in London.3/5(4). Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran (Paperback). His great prose work comprises the monumental compendium in Persian of biographies of famous Sufis, called Tadhkirat al-awliya’, or Memoirs of the Saints. **Ibn Battutua is worth reading by anyone who cares about Tassawuf. Ibn Battuta was a Sufi, and his Rihla (Travels) contain many descriptions of Sufi societies and teachers, for Battuta made a point of seeking out and speaking with as many Sheikhs and Pirs as he could--all the way from Egypt to Turkey, to Central Asia, Pakistan, Iraq and India.
Sufism has a noticeable and ancient presence in Iran. It was with the help of the Sufis, during the Safavid period, that Shiite clerics were able to become present and active in Iran. Today, however, Sufis and mysticism and spiritual tendencies are under pressure and are suffering persecution, mostly triggered by Shiite clerics. BOOKS Kaashteem, dero kardeem. Memoirs of a "government servant" in the s and 70s Houshang Pirnazar. HEDAYAT A new book on Iran-US relations published by the Iranian Foreign Ministry Master of the jinn. Excerpt from a Sufi novel Irving Karchmar. It is the memoirs of Sir John Malcolm, a British officer who was among the first diplomats in Iran in the early 19th century to sign a treaty of alliance between the then king and George III. And Sir John Malcolm is famous for being the first English-language historian of Iran. Sufi Muslims also play music, dance and sing in search of a direct encounter with God. But conservative Shia clerics in Iran denounce these practices, saying they are dangerous to Islam. The hands of a Sufi woman raised in prayer (© Saqib Majeed/Barcroft Images/Getty Images).
Books allow you to travel to faraway places without leaving your home. Whether you’ve been to Iran or still have it on your bucket list, you can brush up on the country’s culture, history, and psyche of the people through a good fiction to memoirs and historical profiles, we’ve got the 10 must-reads based on Iran. Recollections of Iran By Terence O'Donnell. Gates of Fire Persian victory over Spartans in B.C. By Steven Pressfield. The Gift Poems by the Great Sufi Master Hafiz By Daniel Ladinsky (translator) The Golden Age of Persian Art, By Sheila R. Canby , Harry N Abrams Publishers. Master of Disguise is one of many books by Tony Mendez about his life in the CIA. This one tries to summarize his entire time with the CIA. It is a fun book to read as Mendez goes through his evolution to being a master at his craft. You realize that being a spy is not just fun and games, but is deadly serious/5(). Alison Bechdel’s beloved graphic novel is an elaborately layered account of life and artifice, family silence and revelation, springing from her father’s suicide. He was a .