Shah Nazar Seyed Ali Kianfar, Ph. D.
Nazar Seyed Ali Kianfar, Ph. D., is the co-founder and co-director of the International
Association of Sufism and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sufism:
An Inquiry. The spiritual son of Uwaiysi Sufi Master Moulana Shah Maghsoud,
Seyed Dr. Kianfar began his study and devotion to the discipline of Sufism in
his twenties. Moulana Shah Maghsoud appointed Seyed Dr. Kianfar to teach in
his Uwaiysi tarighat. Seyed Dr. Kianfar was among
the first of Moulana Shah Maghsouds students (numbering in the thousands)
to be given this honor. To commemorate the significance, Moulana Shah Maghsoud
gave Seyed Dr. Kianfar the honorary title Shah Nazar (The Sight of the King).
Seyed Dr. Kianfar has taught Sufism and Islamic Philosophy for over forty years. He holds traditional Sufi gatherings regularly throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition, Seyed Dr. Kianfar has given lectures and taught classes nationally as well as internationally. This includes speaking engagements at the United Nations, UNESCO, the University of California, Berkeley, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the United Religions Initiative.
International Association of Sufism, co-founded by Seyed Dr. Kianfar, is
an association established through the effort and participation of many Sufi
Masters, educators, scholars, and translators throughout the world to introduce
and educate people about Sufism and to open the lines of communication and expression
between the different schools of Sufism. Seyed Dr. Kianfar is actively involved
in the interfaith community, helping to raise awareness about the peaceful dimensions
of Islam and spirituality and to open the lines of communication for a better
understanding of humanity.
his books are: The Zekr; History of the Robe; and An Introduction to Religion.
In addition, Seyed Dr. Kianfar publishes regularly in Sufism:
An Inquiry. The most recent, An Introduction to Religion, delves into the
heart of the spiritual quest.
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