Swiss Islamicist to be commemorated at "Abu Sa’eed Millennium"
Publish Date : Tuesday 26 March 2019 - 21:42
IBNA- A Tehran conference titled “Millenium of Abu Sa’eed Abul-Khayr” will consider the ideas and work of the eminent Iranian Sufi Mystic and will commemorate Swiss Islamicist Fritz Meier who made profound studies on Sufism.
According to IBNA
correspondent, the event which is scheduled to be held at Tehran’s Book City on April 10 is centered on the teachings of Abu Sa’eed Abul-Khayr
whose mystical ideas and poetry in 11th
century AD played a key role in the evolution of Sufi tradition. One of his teachings is looking upon people equally and unbiasedly which is necessary for taking the path of truth and God.
During Abu Sa’eed’s life, his fame spread throughout the Islamic world, even to Spain. He was the first Sufi writer to widely use ordinary love poems as a way to express and illuminate mysticism, and as such he contributed extensively to the foundation of Persian Sufi poetry. He spent most of his life in Nishapur.
The majority of what is known from his life comes from the book Asrar al-Tawhid ‘The Mysteries of Unification’) written by Mohammad Ibn Monavvar, one of his grandsons, 130 years after his death.
The scholar Fritz Meier
(1912-1998) focused on Islamic studies and Sufism, to which he contributed in a distinguished and influential way. For him, this field included Arabic and Persian philology–he mastered both languages equally well in the spoken and written form–as well as the cultural and religious history of Islamic civilization, and he focused in particular on Islamic mysticism.
One of Meier’s main objectives was to combine historical research with the understanding and exploration of the “human phenomenon,” and the goal which he pursued for his entire life was to grasp the essence of religion.