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A Meditation: Payam-i dil,
with Love and Destiny, Microscopic Scientists, The First Wave
by Shah Maghsoud Sadiq Angha
Translation and Commentary by Nahid Angha
New Edition
Manifestations of Thought: Padidihay-i-fikr
by Shah Maghsoud Sadiq Angha,
Translation and Commentary by Nahid Angha

Shah Maghsoud Sadiq Angha’s doctrines address the questions of creation, of the universe, of infinite/finite, of ethics and morality, of existence, of essence and quiddity, and the relationship of human beings with the greater universe and cosmic energies. In his Padidihay-i fikr, Shah Maghsoud refers to the cosmic electromagnetic energies, emergence of the earth in its orbit to begin to nurture life, the Earth’s centers of electromagnetic energies and their cooperation with all known and unknown cosmic energies, and suggests that a human being is, indeed, a concentrated electromagnetic force capable of understanding his own very reality through directing his energies toward a center-point of reference, where the two worlds of finite and the realm of infinite meet.

by Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar
New Edition

As-Sal’at (ritual prayers) and Zikr (a meditative practice) aim toward remembering and calling upon the most beautiful names of Allah; since remembering the most beautiful sacred names illuminates the heart and frees a human being from calamities that darken the heart. The human mind remains an instrument to observe the mysteries of being; and the heart becomes the instrument to witness, realize and unveil the Absoluteness of being. And thus to “remember” the Absolute Sacred becomes the key to unveil the hidden treasure within. Dr. Kianfar offers an in-depth explanation on both the ritual prayer of salat and the meditative practice of the zikr.  This new printing makes the reason and way of these practices newly available.

Destination Eternity: Az Janin Ta Janan
by Mir Ghotbeddin Muhammad Angha, Translator Nahid Angha
2022 New Edition Available

Where do we come from and where do we go? Many religious traditions will tell us humankind comes from nowhere but will return to God in death. And science tells us that we are particles, over time we become constructed forms through the process of evolution and ultimately we will return to ashes and dusts from which we are constructed. The story of human being is complicated, even more is understanding the process of life and life-energy. We may understand such complexities only if we appreciate the importance of the stages and universes beyond the ordinary and their relationships with life on earth.

Caravan: Biographies from the
Sufi Symposia 1994-2014
Nahid Angha, Ph.D.
2022 Second Edition

One of IAS’ contributions to historical movements are the Sufism Symposia, where almost every year since 1994 Sufis and spiritual leaders from around the world gathered to create a global spiritual family dedicated to peace. IAS invited and compiled the biographies of those who for more than 20 years, have been fellow travelers on this magnificent journey. Every effort was made to contact all presenters of the Sufism Symposia since 1994, and submissions arrived in biographical, autobiographical, and resume formats. This book is a first volume of compilations and includes a brief history of IAS and its programs.

Forty Mystical Sufi Poems
Translated by Nahid Angha, Ph.D.
Compiled and Commentary by
Saleh Arthur Kane Scott

Introduces the beauty, poetics, and metaphors of forty Sufis, from Bayazid Bastami to Hallaj, Khayyam, Rumi, and Shah Maghsoud Sadiq Angha; and brief biographies. Forty is a sacred number pointing to the inner transformation a seeker must undergo to return to the heart, the Fountainhead of Divine Wisdom. This book explores the metaphors and vocabulary of Sufis, and offers insights about identity in a world on fire, inviting readers toward the Divine Feminine, the warm embrace of the Garden of love, and the realization that what we seek was always within, as Bastami says: Then I looked and saw that lover and beloved are one. 

Sufism: An Inquiry

Sufism: An Inquiry, the world’s longest running journal on Sufism, was first published in 1987 with over 60 print volumes and currently available in a beautiful online format. Since its inception, the journal has included articles on human rights, scientific inquiries, new translations of classic works of Sufi literature and poetry, the stories of Sufi saints previously unavailable in English, and articles and essays by leading Sufi masters, poets, psychologists on human development and the spiritual path. It features editorial content by Dr. Nahid Angha and Dr. Ali Kianfar, and also incorporates relevant reports and essays from the works of many Sufi schools, the United Nations and interfaith organizations.

Sufism: An Inquiry continues to explore the cultural gifts of world religions diversely embodied around the planet and provides insight into a wide variety of effective practices for spiritual development.

“In the Universe, the history of the journey from eternity to eternity, the destiny
and the mystery of each being, is wrapped within the being itself.”

– Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar

Sufism: An Inquiry – Volume 19.4

Teachings of Sufi Masters Dr. Nahid Angha & Shah Nazar Seyyed Ali Kianfar
The Heart & Electromagnetism
Science & Spirituality
Celebrating the Mystical Poetry of Sufism

Sufism: An Inquiry – Volume 19.3

Teachings of Sufi Masters Dr. Nahid Angha & Shah Nazar Seyyed Ali Kianfar
Spiritual Principles and Practices: The Heart
Sufi Psychology and Focused Attention
The Mystical Poetry of Sufism

IAS Books

Principles of Sufism
by Nahid Angha, Ph.D.


An accessible introduction to the mystical branch of Islam called Sufism. Written with the general reader in mind who has no prior knowledge of the subject, the book explains the twelve basic principles of sufism in a non-technical, easy to understand style. Ideally suited for the classroom as well as the spiritually oriented reader.

The Journey: Seyr Va Soluk
by Nahid Angha, Ph.D.


In this book, Seyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha explains the process of the spiritual journey in an authentic and expressive manner that helps to understand the stations of light and the stages of the journey of the heart. Both scientific and spiritual, the author holds are hands through the journey of metaphysical self-exploration.

Stations of the Sufi Path:
The ‘One Hundred Fields’ (Sad Maydan)
of Abdullah Ansari of Herat

Translated by Nahid Angha, Ph.D.

A new translation of a key Sufi text and the first Persian work to address the stages, or stations, of the Sufi way. Ansari, one the greatest and earliest of the Persian Sufi scholars, offers descriptions of each ‘station’ that invite the reader on a spiritual journey of self-discovery. His works constitute an important contribution to the intellectual history of Islam.

The World of Sufi Poetry and Prayer
by Nahid Angha, Ph.D.

A glimpse at life stories, poetry, and prayers of great Sufi mystics, including Khvajeh Abdullah Ansari, Hakim Omar Khayyam, Khvajeh Shamsuddin Mohammad Hafiz, Moulana Jalaluddin Balkhi (Rumi), Moulana Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, and Ezzeddin Nasafi. Messages of eternity arrive as divine gifts from these writings, made available through the translations of Dr. Nahid Angha. Poems included point seekers across traditions to the divinity wrapped within.

Sufi Wisdom:
The Collected Words of Dr. Nahid Angha
Compiled by Arfie Ellen Hammerle, Ph.D.

A collection of rich quotes, teachings and inspiring sayings compiled from published books, articles in the journal Sufism: An Inquiry, and verbal teachings of a Sufi Master. The wisdom sayings of Dr. Nahid Angha are organized into categories including: Nature, Life, Heart, Longing, Love, Peace, Meditation and Transformation, The Journey, and Spiritual Discipline. A beautiful and transformative compilation of wisdom teachings accompanied by black and white nature photos.

Introduction to Religion
by Dr. Ali Kianfar

Sufi Master Shah Nazar Seyed Dr. Kianfar addresses the challenge of what constitutes the true nature of religion, and how its inner beauty can be discerned in a world seduced by the allurements of commercialism, materialism, and racism. He writes: “Sufism extends far beyond the limited boundaries of tradition, customs, and cultures. Whatever religious tradition one was brought up in, Sufism will help in understanding the inner reality of religion beyond ceremonies and tradition.”

Seasons of the Soul: The Spoken Wisdom
of Shah Nazar Seyyed Ali Kianfar

Compiled by:
Glenn Pascall and Sanaa Joy Carey

In the great tradition of oral teachings transmitted by spiritual masters, this book presents the wisdom of Sufi Master Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar, a renowned scholar and teacher in Sufism. The essence of Dr. Kianfar’s teachings, collected during years of presentations at Sufi gatherings, is complied and presented in daily readings for the full year. Each reading is a self-standing inspiration that raises consciousness and intention to the highest level. Individual readings are connected to those that precede and follow by a thread of meaning that links insights and themes. The result is a sustained source of daily guidance that is also a path of spiritual instruction.

Illumination of the Names:
Meditation by Sufi Masters on the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God
by Dr. Ali Kianfar

For centuries, Sufi scholars have contributed insights on the Ninety-Nine Names, said by Prophet Mohammad to be most important in describing Divine qualities and the related virtues of the perfected human being. From this body of teaching, we are encouraged to develop the same attributes and manifest them at the human level. Illumination of the Names is unique among books about the Names because from many centuries of diverse sources, it distills commentary and presents multiple perspectives on each Name for contemplation. In reflections on the Names as spiritual practice, Dr. Kianfar invites readers to integrate the Names in a life-transforming way.

Inspiration: Lights of Stillness
by Dr. Ali Kianfar
Compiled and edited by:
Professor Saleh Arthur Kane Scott

In the genre of Khalil Gibran`s The ProphetInspiration is structured in a series of 40 questions and answers between student and Master Reflections provides insight into existential challenges confronting modernity–40 points to renewal and self-discovery. Shah Nazar Seyyed Ali Kianfar, urges humanity to return to the stillness of heart by learning to drop the images of thought and the distractions of culture. Inspiration addresses knowledge, wisdom, intention, balance, yearning, heart, resurrection, and oneness. Readers may expect to experience transformation of Self in which joy, gratitude and peace can permeate awareness and energy.

The Light of the Heart: An Introduction to
the Principles and Practices of Sufism

by Halima JoAnn Haymaker


Sufism, the mystical path of Islam, has been the inspiration for poets, visionaries, and spiritual seekers for fourteen centuries since the time of the Prophet Mohammad (peace by upon him). Based on the teachings of renowned Sufi Masters Seyyedeh Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar, this book serves as an introduction to the beautiful and mysterious journey followed by more than 65 million people around the world today and growing, and provides inspiration and guidance for those seeking spiritual growth and personal transformation to learn about the path of Sufism.

Practice and Transformation:
The Way to Divine Qualities
and Characteristics
by Sarah Hastings Mullin, Ph.D.

Sufi Master Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar has publicly offered his wisdom on the Bible and Qur’an, stressing that the Holy Books are a collection of divine messages on unity, purity and holiness. They teach about the origin of spirit and dignity, and the quest to reunite with the absolute knowledge of soul and dismiss limitations of reality conceptualized by mind. Mystics of all religions say they found in the depths of consciousness a living presence not touched by time, place, or circumstance. If what the Prophets say is true, and human being has the ability to be an agent of God, how do we discover this in ourselves?

The Book of Self
by Sarah Hastings Mullin, Ph.D.

Sufi Master Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar, holding classes on the Qur’an, has taught that for those who read correctly, the Qur’an acts as a profound spiritual guide, leading a qualified practitioner toward a gateway of self-transformation and direct spiritual experience. He emphasized that to understand the hidden meanings of the Qur’an, it is crucial to begin a devoted spiritual practice of self-purification, contemplation and meditation. This book contains learnings from the classes and summarizes Dr. Kianfar’s teachings. It is designed to educate readers about what one can expect from the Qur’an and his or her own potential, and how we may rely on the Qur’an as a guide for spiritual development.