Awhad al-Din Kirmani
  (1163 - 1238) Timeline
Muslim / Sufi

Poems by Awhad al-Din Kirmani
Books - Links

Awhad al-Din Kirmani was an important Persian Sufi teacher and poet. His philosophy and miraculous abilities drew many students to him.

His teachings were both celebrated and controversial. One of his well-known tenets was the idea of shahid bazi or what is sometimes called the Sufi gaze. He taught a practice of learning to recognize the beauty of God through the contemplation of beauty within the physical world, stating--

I gaze upon forms with my optic eye,
Because the traces of spiritual meaning are to be found in forms.
This is the world of forms, and we reside in forms,
The spiritual meaning cannot but be seen in forms.

Poems by Awhad al-Din Kirmani

Recommended Books: Awhad al-Din Kirmani

Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition Awhad al-Dīn Kirmānī and the Controversy of the Sufi Gaze

Related Links

Sufi Poetry: Swept Away

The poem Swept Away, read (audio) in both Persian and English by David and Sabrineh Fideler

Truth and Islamic ThoughtAn article discussing causality and philosophical validation, with references to the teachings of Kirmani.

Awhad al-Din Kirmani