Ala al-Dawla Simnani
Iran/Persia (? - 1336) Timeline
Muslim / Sufi

Poems by Ala al-Dawla Simnani
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(Not to be confused with Sayyid Ashraf Jahangir Simnani, who lived about a century later)

'Ala' al-Dawla Simnani spent his early life as a courtier at the Ilkhanid Mongol court and was a cherished companion of the emperor Arghun. After a mystical experience on the battlefield, however, Simnani turned his back on a life of luxury and became a Sufi. He advanced rapidly in his spiritual quest and soon became one of the most influential Sufi masters in Persia.

While many Sufis have been Shiite, Simnani stood out as a Sunni.

Simnani conducted a famous debate with other Sufis over Ibn Arabi's notion of the mystic's oneness with God. Simnani favored a more dualistic language in order to avoid the excesses that led some mystics to hint at (or be misunderstood to suggest) an equivalence with God.

Poems by Ala al-Dawla Simnani

Recommended Books: Ala al-Dawla Simnani

Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition The Throne Carrier of God: The Life and Thought of 'Ala' Ad-Dawla As-Simnani

Related Links

Simnani vs. Ibn Arabi

Excerpt from the book The Throne Carrier of God, exploring the philosophical parallels and differences between Simnani and Ibn Arabi.

Sunni Razvi Society International - Simnani,1470,1470

A book review of The Throne Carrier of God, with many insightful comments on differing Sufi philosophies and cultural assumptions.

An Introduction to 'Irfan

Brief note about Simnani and his disciple Kirmani.
Ala al-Dawla Simnani