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    (Wikipedia) - Jami For other uses, see Jami (disambiguation). Saint Jami Mystic, Spiritual Poet, Historian, Theologian Born Died Honored in Influences Influenced Tradition/Genre Major work(s)
    Artwork of Jami
    14 August 1414 C.E. Jam, Khorasan (in modern-day Ghor Province of Afghanistan)
    19 November 1492 C.E. Herat, Afghanistan
    Prophets of Islam
    Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi
    Sufi poetry
    Haft Awrang
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    Illustration from Jami''s Rose Garden of the Pious, dated 1553. The image blends Persian poetry and Persian miniature into one, as is the norm for many works of Persian literature.

    Nur ad-Dīn Abd ar-Rahmān Jāmī (Persian: نورالدین عبدالرحمن جامی‎) also known as DJāmī, Mawlanā Nūr al-Dīn ''Abd al-Rahmān or Abd-Al-Rahmān Nur-Al-Din Muhammad Dashti who is commonly known as Jami (August 18, 1414 – November 17, 1492), is known for his achievements as a scholar, mystic, writer, composer of numerous lyrics and idylls, historian, and the greatest Persian and Tajik Sufi poets of the 15th century. Jami was primarily an outstanding poet-theologian of the school of Ibn Arabi and a prominent Khwājagānī Sũfī. He was recognized for his eloquent tongue and ready at repartee who analyzed the idea of the metaphysics of mercy. Among his famous poetical works are: Haft Awrang, Tuhfat al-Ahrar, Layla wa -Majnun, Fatihat al-Shabab, Lawa''ih, Al-Durrah al-Fakhirah.



    Jami was born in Jam, (modern Ghor Province, Afghanistan). However, an article in the Encyclopedia Iranica claims that Jami was born in the hamlet of Ḵarjerd, in Khorasan. Previously his father Nizām al-Dīn Ahmad b. Shams al-Dīn Muhammad had come from Dasht, a small town in the district of Isfahan. A few years after his birth, his family migrated to the cultural city of Herat where he was able to study Peripateticism, mathematics, Arabic literature, natural sciences, language, logic, rhetoric and Islamic philosophy at the Nizamiyyah University of Herat. His father became his first teacher and mentor, who was also a Sufi. While in Herat, Jami was a central role and function of the Timurid court, involved in the politics, economics, philosophy, religion, and Persian culture.

    Because his father was from Dasht, Jami''s early pen name was Dashti but later, he chose to use Jami because of the two reasons that he mentioned in a poem:

    مولدم جام و رشحهء قلمم جرعهء جام شیخ الاسلامی است لاجرم در جریدهء اشعار به دو معنی تخلصم جامی است

    My birthplace is Jam, and my pen Has drunk from (knowledge of) Sheikh-ul-Islam (Ahmad) Jam Hence in the books of poetry My pen name is Jami for these two reasons.

    Afterward he went to Samarkand, the most important center of scientific studies in the Muslim world and completed his studies there. He was a famous Sufi, and a follower of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. He embarked on a pilgrimage that greatly enhanced his reputation and further solidified his importance through the Persian world. Jami had a brother called Molana Mohammad, who was, apparently a learned man and a master in music, and Jami has a poem lamenting his death. Jami fathered four sons, but three of them died before reaching their first year. The surviving son was called Zia-ol-din Yusef and Jami wrote his Baharestan for this son.

    Youth seeking his father''s advice on love from the Haft Awrang of Jami, in the story "A Father Advises his Son About Love". (See Nazar ila''l-murd Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.)

    At the end of his life he was living in Herat. His epitaph reads "When your face is hidden from me, like the moon hidden on a dark night, I shed stars of tears and yet my night remains dark in spite of all those shining stars." There is a variety of dates regarding his death, but consistently most state it was in November 1492. Although, the actual date of his death is somewhat unknown the year of his death marks an end of both his greater poetry and contribution, but also a pivotal year of political changed where Spain was no longer inhabited by the Arabs after 781 years. His funeral was conducted by the prince of Herat and attended by great numbers of people demonstrating his profound impact.

    Teachings and Sufism

    In his role as Sufi shaykh, which began in 1453, Jami expounded a number of teachings regarding following the Sufi path. He created a distinction between two types of Sufi''s, now referred to as the "prophetic" and the "mystic" spirit. Jami is known for both his extreme piety and mysticism. He remained a staunch Sunni on his path toward Sufism and developed images of earthly love and its employment to depict spiritual passion of the seeker of God. He began to take an interest in Sufism at an earlier age when he received a blessing by a principal associate Khwaja Mohammad Parsa who came through town. From there he sought guidance from Sa''d-alDin Kasgari based on a dream where he was told to take God and become his companion. Jami followed Kasagari and the two became tied together upon Jami''s marriage to Kasgari''s granddaughter. He was known for his commitment to God and his desire for separation from the world to become closer to God often causing him to forget social normalities.

    Yusuf and Zulaikha (Joseph chased by Potiphar''s wife), miniature by Behzād, 1488.

    After his re-emergence into the social world he became involved in a broad range of social, intellectual and political actives in the cultural center of Herat. He was engaged in the school of Ibn Arabi, greatly enriching, analyzing, and also changing the school or Ibn Arabi. Jami continued to grow in further understanding of God through miraculous visions and feats, hoping to achieve a great awareness of God in the company of one blessed by Him. He believed there was three goals to achieve "permanent presence with God" through ceaselessness and silence, being unaware of one''s earthly state, and a constant state of a spiritual guide. Jami wrote about his feeling that God was everywhere and inherently in everything. He also defined key terms related to Sufism including the meaning of sainthood, the saint, the difference between the Sufi and the one still striving on the path, the seekers of blame, various levels of tawhid, and the charismatic feats of the saints. Oftentimes Jami''s methodology did not follow the school of Ibn Arabi, like in the issue of mutual dependence between God and his creatures Jami stated "We and Thou are not separate from each other, but we need Thee, whereas Thou doest not need us."

    Jami created an all-embracing unity emphasized in a unity with the lover, beloved, and the love one, removing the belief that they are separated. Jami was in many ways influenced by various predecessors and current Sufi''s, incorporating their ideas into his own and developing them further, creating an entirely new concept. In his view, love for the Prophet Mohammad was the fundamental stepping stone for starting on the spiritual journey. Jami served as a master to several followers and to one student who asked to be his pupil who claimed never to have loved anyone, he said, "Go and love first, then come to me and I will show you the way." For several generations, Jami had a group of followers representing his knowledge and impact. Jami continues to be known for not only his poetry, but his learned and spiritual traditions of the Persian speaking world. In analyzing Jami''s work greatest contribution may have been his analysis and discussion of God''s mercy towards man, redefining the way previous texts were interpreted.


    Jami wrote approximately eighty-seven books and letters, some of which have been translated into English. His works range from prose to poetry, and from the mundane to the religious. He has also written works of history and science. As well, he often comments on the work of previous and current theologians, philosophers and Sufi''s. In Herat, his manual of irrigation design included advanced drawings and calculations and is still a key reference for the irrigation department. His poetry has been inspired by the ghazals of Hafiz, and his famous and beautiful divan Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones) is, by his own admission, influenced by the works of Nizami. The Haft Awrang also known as the long masnavis or mathnawis are a collection of seven poems. Each poem discusses a different story such as the Salaman va Absal that tells the story of a carnal attraction of a prince for his wet-nurse. Throughout Jami uses allegorical symbolism within the tale to depict the key stages of the Sufi path such as repentance and expose philosophical, religious, or ethical questions. Each of the allegorical symbols has a meaning highlighting knowledge and intellect, particularly of God. This story reflects Jamī''s idea of the Sufi-king as the ideal medieval Islamic ruler to repent and embark upon the Sufi path to realize his rank as God''s ''true'' vicegerent and become closer to God. As well, Jami is known for his three collections of lyric poems that range from his youth towards the end of his life called the Fatihat al-shabab (The Beginning of Youth), Wasitat al-''ikd (The Central Pearl in the Necklace), and Khatimat al-hayat (The conclusion of Life). Throughout Jami''s work references to Sufism and the Sufi emerge as being key topics. One of his most profound ideas was the mystical and philosophical explanations of the nature of divine mercy, which was a result of his commentary to other works.


    Jami is also known for his poetry influencing and being included with Persian paintings that depict Persian history through manuscript paintings. Most of his own literature included illustrations that was not yet common for literature. The deep poetry Jami provides, is usually accompanied with enriched paintings reflecting the complexity of Jami''s work and Persian culture.

    Impact of Jami''s works

    Jami worked within the Tīmūrid court of Herat helping to serve as an interpreter and communicator. His poetry reflected Persian culture and was popular through Islamic East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. His poetry addressed popular ideas that led to Sufi''s and non-Sufi''s interest in his work. He was known not only for his poetry, but his theological works and commentary of on culture. His work was used in several schools from Samarqand to Istanbul to Khayrābād in Persia as well as in the Mughal Empire. For centuries Jami was known for his poetry and profound knowledge. In the last half-century Jami has begun to be neglected and his works forgotten, which reflects an overarching issue in the lack of research of Islamic and Persian studies.

    Divan of Jami Sufism and Tariqa
    • Abdal
    • Baqaa
    • Dervish
    • Dhawq
    • Fakir
    • Fanaa
    • Haal
    • Keramat
    • Haqiqa
    • Ihsan
    • Irfan
    • Kashf
    • Lataif
    • Manzil
    • Marifa
    • Nafs
    • Noor
    • Qalandar
    • Qutb
    • Silsila
    • Sufi cosmology
    • Sufi metaphysics
    • Sufi philosophy
    • Sufi poetry
    • Sufi psychology
    • Sulook
    • Tazkiah
    • Wali
    • Yaqeen
    • Anasheed
    • Dhikr
    • Haḍra
    • Muraqaba
    • Qawwali
    • Sama
    • Whirling
    • Ziyarat
    Sufi orders
    • Akbarī
    • Alevī
    • Alians
    • Ashrafia
    • Azeemia
    • Ba ''Alawī
    • Bayramī
    • Bektashī
    • Burhāniyya
    • Chishtī
    • Galibī
    • Gulshanī
    • Ḥurūfī
    • Idrīsī
    • Jelvetī
    • Jerrahī
    • Khalidī
    • Khalwatī
    • Kubrāwī
    • Madarī
    • Malāmatī
    • Mawlāwī
    • Mourīdī
    • Noorbakshia
    • Naqshbandī
    • Naqshbandi Uwaisī
    • Nasuhī
    • Ni''matullāhī
    • Nuqtawī
    • Qadirī
    • Qalāndārī
    • Rifa''ī
    • Safāvī
    • Shadhilī
    • Shattārī
    • Suhrawardī
    • Sunbulī
    • Tijanī
    • Ussakī
    • Uwaisī
    • Zahedī
    Notable early Sufis
    • Abdūl-Khāliq Ghujdawanī
    • Abdullah Ansari
    • Abdūl-Qādir Gilanī
    • Abūl-Khāyr
    • ad-Dağhestānī
    • Abu Bakr al-Aydarus al-Adeni
    • Afaq Khoja
    • Ahmad Ghazālī
    • Ahmed Yasavī
    • al-Ajami
    • al-Badawi
    • Al-Basri
    • Al-Fozail
    • Al-Ghazālī
    • Al-Hallaj
    • Ali-Shir Nava''i
    • al-Khārāqānī
    • Al-Qāsim
    • al-Qayṣarī
    • al-Qunawī
    • Amīr Kulal
    • Ardabilī
    • Ata Allah
    • Attar
    • Balım Sultan
    • Baba Fakruddin
    • Baha ūd-Dīn Naqshband
    • Bande Nawāz
    • Baqī Billah
    • Bayazid Bastamī
    • Bhita''ī
    • Bulleh Shah
    • Dehlāvī
    • El-Desoukî
    • Arbili
    • Erzurumī
    • Farīd ūd-Dīn
    • Fuzûlî
    • Gharīb Nawāz
    • Ghulam Farīd
    • Gül Baba
    • Hajji Bayram
    • Hajji Bektash
    • Hāfez-e Shīrāzī
    • Halidī Bağdādī
    • Haddad
    • Hamadānī
    • Hansvī
    • Harabatī Baba
    • Harooni
    • Hujwirī
    • ibn Adham
    • ibn ʿArabī
    • Iraqi
    • Jābir ibn Hayyān
    • Ja''far al-Sadiq
    • Jahangasht
    • Jamī
    • Jan-e-Jānāān
    • Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani
    • Mir Sham ud-Din Iraqi
    • Karkhī
    • Magtymguly Pyragy
    • Jazoulī
    • Muhammad al-Faqih Muqaddam
    • Jilī
    • Junayd Baġdādī
    • Kākī
    • Kaliyarī
    • Omar Khayyam
    • Khusrow
    • Kubrā
    • Mahmud Hüdayī
    • Nāimī
    • Najib al-Suhrawardī
    • Nasir Khusraw
    • Nasīmī
    • Nasreddin Hoca
    • Nathar Vali
    • Ni''matullāh Wali
    • Nizām ūd-Dīn
    • Noorbaksh Qahistani
    • Nurī
    • Otman Baba
    • Pir Sultan
    • Qutb ūd-Dīn Haydār
    • Qutb ūd-Dīn Shīrāzī
    • Rabbānī
    • Rabia Basri
    • Razī
    • Rifa''ī
    • Rukn-e-Alam
    • Rūmī
    • Saadī
    • Sabakhī
    • Salman al-Farisī
    • Sanai
    • Sarı Saltuk
    • Sheik Edebali
    • Semnanī
    • Silistrevī
    • Shadhilī
    • Shah Waliullah
    • Shahāb al-Dīn Suhrawardī
    • Shams Tabrizī
    • Shaykh Gālib
    • Shiblī
    • Sultan Walad
    • Surkh Bukharī
    • Taj al-Dīn Gilanī
    • Umar al-Suhrawardī
    • Sahl al-Tustari
    • Yunus Emre
    • Zakariya
    • Zarruq
    • Zū''l-Nūn al-Misrī
    Notable modern Sufis
    • Abdūl-Khāqeem Arvāsī
    • Abdal Hakīm Murad
    • Abdalqadir as-Sufi
    • Ahmet Kayhan Dede
    • Ahmad al-Alawi
    • al-Shaghouri
    • Qalandar Baba Auliya
    • Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi
    • Baba Rexheb
    • Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
    • Feisal Abdul Rauf
    • Fethullah Gülen
    • Gohar Shahi
    • Kuşçuoğlu
    • Ghulam Mustafa
    • Hisham Kabbani
    • Hüseyin Hilmi Işık
    • Mai Safoora
    • Meher Ali
    • Muhammad Malikī
    • Nazīm Al-Haqqānī
    • Syed Muhammad Shah Noorani
    • Syed Waheed Ashraf
    • Nuh Keller
    • Nooruddeen Durkee
    • Omar Shah
    • Osman Nuri Topbaş
    • Qadeer Piya
    • Reshad Feild
    • Saheb Qibla Fultali
    • Said al-Chirkawi
    • Said Nursī
    • Shahab
    • Sufi Barkat Ali
    • Syed Shujaat
    • Kabir Helminski
    • Tahir Allauddin
    • Tajuddin Babaī
    • Waris Ali Shah
    • Zaheen
    • Abdullah al-Harari
    Topics in Sufism
    • Tawhid
    • Shariah
    • Haqiqah
    • Art
    • History
    • Music
    • Poetry
    • Shrines
    • Texts
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    Among his works are:

    Along with his works are his contributions to previous works and works that have been created in response to his new ideas.

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