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Hossein Mohyeddin Elahi Ghomshei

D.O.B. 4 Jan 1940 ,Tehran, Iran

Education: Ph.D. in Islamic Theology and Philosophy (Tehran University)


Traditional Education:


   •  Arabic literature, grammar, logic, theosophy, juisprudence, and Kalam:

       Tehran Seminary School.

   •  Persian literature: especially Nezami, Rumi, Hafez, Saadi and Attar

   •  Islamic mysticism: especially Ibn-al-Arabi and Ebn-al-Farez

   •  Philosophy of the fine arts


Work Experience:


   •  Lecturer at Tehran University and other universities and institutes (1968-2000):


       Philosophy of the fine arts (aesthetics)

       Persian literature and mysticism

       Theology and Islamic mysticism

       English literature (emphasis on Shakespeare)

       Works of Rumi, Saadi, Hafez, Attar, Nezami, Ferdowsi, etc.

   •  International guest lecturer (partial list below)

   •  Domestic lecturer at various locations

   •  Author and translator (partial list below)

   •  Director , National Library of Iran (1981-2)

   •  Culture and art advisor      

   •  Editor      


International Lecture Sites (Partial List):


   •  England

      Cambridge University

      Oxford  University

      Temenos Academy, London

      University of Exeter

      SOAS , University of London

      Imperial College, University of  London

      University College of London



   •  Scotland

      University of  Glasgow


   •  United States of America

      University of  California, Berkley

      University of  California, Los Angeles

      University of  Southern California (USC) 

      University of  California, Long Beach

      University of  George Town

      University of  University Of Harvard

      University of  Princeton

       Stanford University


   •  Australia

      University of  Melbourne

      Macquarie University,Sydney

      Monash University

      Queensland University


   •  Canada

      University of  British Colombia

      Simon Fraser University


   •  Austria

      Goethe Institute

      Vienna University


   •  France

      Versaille Palaces


   •  Germany

      Frankfurt Book Fair



    •  Most popular TV personality,highest ever rating at 86%(1998-9)



A : Books

  • • Selection from the Discourses of Rumi (Fihe-ma-Fih):1987
  • • Selection from the Conference of Birds (Mantiq-al-Tayr) by Attar:1994
  • • Divan Hafez (A Critical edition of Hafez’s collected poems):2002
  • • Essays on Persian Mystical Literature, Poetics and Aesthetics:1999
  • • Kimia ; Collected Essays, Translations and Introductions (Vol.1-5,8-10):1998-2011
  • • Introduction to Golshan-e-Raz (Sheikh Mahmoud Shabestari):1998
  • • A Study of Islamic Texts in English Translation (University Textbook):1992
  • • Selection of quotations and poems by Shakespeare (translation):2003
  • • The Prophet (Translation from Jebran Khalil):1999
  • • 365 days with Saadi:2002
  • • Omar Khayyam Robaiiats (Preface, editor):2003
  • • Selection From Shahnameh by Ferdowsi:2006
  • • Invocations of Komail (Translation from Emam Ali):2006
  • • Cultural Symposium:2007
  • • 365 days with English Literature:2007
  • • 365 days with Rumi:2009
  • • The Other Wise Man (Translation from Henry van Dyke):2007
  • • Subtleties of Mulla Nasreddin (Introduction and notes):2010
  • • 365 days with Quran:2011

B: Articles

         • Rose and Nightingale(A brief study of the role of poetry in Persian culture)

         • Attar and his Legacy in Rumi, Shabistari and Hafiz

         • The Principles of the Religion of Love in Classical Persian Poetry

         • Hafez & Divine Covenent .Soroush J. No 67-68, Spring 1998,pp.18-21

         • Poetics & Aesthetics in the Persian Sufi Literary Tradition. Sufi,Issue 28, Winter 1995-96,pp.21-27.


Lecture Topics in English (Partial List):


   •  Seven Tales under Seven Domes ; by Nezami

   •  Attar : Seven Stations of Love

   •  An Aesthetic Approach to the Philosophical Theory of Substantial Motion

   •  Problems of the Predestination and Free Will

   •  Saadi & Shakespeare (A comparative study)

   •  Rose & Nightingale ; An Introduction to Persian Literature & Mysticism

   •  Music in Persian Poetry

   •  Rumi: The Art & Wisdom of Storytelling in Mathnavi

   •  Hafez & His Works

   •  Cultural Investment For the Younger Generation

  •  The World of Happiness & How to Attain it

  •  Poetics & Aesthetics in Persian Literature

  •  Adventures in Persian Mysticism

  •  Mathnavi : A Book for All Ages

  •  Nasir Khosrow,s Poetry

  •  Mohyeddin Arabi & Ebn-e- Farez

  •  An Evening with Hafez

  •  Ethics of Science & Technology

  •  The Quran in Persian Literature

  •  The Wine of Alast : Divine Covenent of Man with God

  •  One & Many : The Circle of Being

  •  Global Ethics & the Human Nature

  • Immortality of Soul

  •  Poetry & Prophecy

  •  Rumi: The Messenger of Love

  •  Islam  & The Human Nature

  •  Philosophical Doctrines & Spiritual Teachings of Rumi

  •  Alchemy of Love

  •  The Religion of Love in Classical Persian Poetry

  •  The Veils of God

  •  Total Integration of Man

  •  Perpetual Conflict between Man & Demon

  •  The Symphony of Rumi: A Thematic Approach to Rumi s Poetry

  •  A Philosophical & Aesthetic Approach to the Laws of Harmony

  •  The Wisdom of the Heart in Ibn Arabi & Persian Mystic Literature

  •  The True Essence of Islam

  •  Islamic Mystical Bacchanalia: The Wine- Ode of Ibn Farid of Egypt

   •  The  Mythology of Norouz in Persian Literature

  • Rumi and Tagore on Love

  • Rumi and the Perennial Philosophy

  • The Discourses of Rumi

  • Rumi's  Teaching of Love

  • Form and Meaning in Rumi : an Aesthetic Approach 



List of CDs , VHSs and Cassettes


A. Temenos Academy-Recorded Lectures (1992-2012,London)

1-      Poetics & aesthetics in the Persian literary tradition (1 lecture)

2-      The mystic outlook on nature in Thoreau & Persian Sufism (1 lecture)

3-      The art and wisdow of storytelling in Rumi,s Mathnawi (5 lectures)

4-      Philosphical doctrines and spiritual teaching of Rumi (5 lectures)

5-      The divine nature and mystical message of music in the poetry of Nezami

(1 lecture)

6-      Seven tales under seven domes:The poetry of Nezami (4 lectures)

7-      The Quran in Persian literature ( 1 lecture)

8-      The veils of God : A mystical commentary on the poetry of Dr. Kathleen Raine

(1 lecture)

9-      The perpetual clash of Man & Saton in the Book of  Kings (Shahnameh) of Ferdowsi ( 1 lecture)

10-   Ibn Arabi Seminar  (4 lectures)

11-  The True essence of Islam ( 1 lecture)

12-  A philosophical & aesthetic approaeh to the laws of   harmony ( 1 lecture)

13-  The wisdom of the heart in Ibn Arabi & Persian mystic literature (1 lecture)

  14-The Mystical Teachings and Poetry of Rumi (4 lectures) 


B. Australian Centre for Sufism (2000,NSW)

1-      Rumi: the messenger of love (2 CDs)

2-      Sufism poetry and music (1 CD)

3-      An evening with Hafez (2 CDs)



C. The Institute of Ismaili Studies (2000-2001 , London)

1-      The philosophical ethics of Nasir al – din Tusi

2-      Nasir Khosrow,s Divan : An aesthtics approach



D. Iranian Society of Victoria (2003-2004,Melbourne)

1-      The world of happiness & how to attain it (2003)

2-      A night with Rumi and Hafiz (2004)

(H.M.Ghomshei and Paul Smith)

3- Perpetual conflict between man and demon (2004)

  4- A brief comparative study between Shakespeare and Saadi (2012)


E. Elahi Ghomshei Culture & Art Institute

    Many Lectures to be produced & released as CD & DVD including:

1-      Rose and  Nightingale

2-      Saadi and Shakespeare

3-      Rumi : The Art and Wisdom of  Storytelling in Mathnavi

4-      Poetry and Prophecy

5-      Music in Persian Poetry

6-      Rumi: the Messenger of Love

7-      Unity of Being in the Works of  Mohyeddin Arabi and Ebn al- Farez

8-      Mathnavi : A Book for All Ages

9-      An Evening with Hafez

10-  Sufism Poetry & Music

11-  Advantures in Persian Mysticism

12-  Peace, Equity & Justice in Islam

13-  The Religion of Love

14-  The Symphony of Rumi

15-  Total Integration of Man

16-  The Wisdom of the Heart in Ibn Arabi & Persian Mystical Literature

17-  Islamic Mystical Bacchanalia: The Wine-Ode of Ibn Farid of Egypt


F. Lectures in Farsi (Various Titles)

1-      Elmi-Farhangi Publications Co.

52 Cassettes ; 13 VHSs; 4 CDs; 4 VCDs

2-      Haft Gonbad Artistic Co.

        28 Cassettes;35 CDs

3-      Rowzaneh Publications Co.

10   Cassettes on Hafez

4-      Soroush Publications Co

2      Cassettes

5-      Soroush-e-Sima Organisation

      Many CDS & DVDS

6-      Elahi Ghomshei Culture & Art Institute

8      Cassettes; 10 CDs; 10 DVDs



Other Works

1-      A Poster entitled “Homely Virtues” : Elahi Ghomshei Culture & Art Institute  

2-      A Poster entitled “ The Religion of Love” : Elahi Ghomshei Culture & Art Institute 

3-      A Poster entitled “And God Created Woman” : Elahi Ghomshei Culture & Art Institute 



     List of Publishers and Distributors


1. The Temenos Academy


     PO Box 203


     Kent TN 25 5ZT


     Tel: + 44-1233-813-663

      Website: www.temenosacademy.org 

2. The Australian Centre for Sufism

     101 Blues Point Rd.

     Mc.Mahons Point NSW,2060


     Tel: + 612-9959-5327

     Fax : + 612-9955-1233



3. The Institute of Ismaili Studies

     Department of Academic Research and Publications

     (Seminar Series)

     42-44 Grosvenor Gardens

     London SWIW OEB


     Tel: + 44-171-881-6000

     Fax : + 44-171-881-6040


4. Iranian Society of Victoria

     PO Box 1161,E . Doncaster

     VIC 3109   


     Tel: + 613-9894-2644

     Fax: + 613-9894-46860



5. Elahi Ghomshei Culture and Art Institute

    PO Box 14155-5555,Tehran,Iran.



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