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Bibi Hayati Kermani
“Her Persian Diwan is among the most remarkable of Muslim collections of mystical poems of the last century.”
—Eliot Deutsch, Ronald Bontekoe, A companion to world philosophies (Massachusetts: Wiley-Blackwell, 1997), p. 110
Known For: Sufi poet
Dates: Hijri uknown-1269 (AH)
Common Era unknown-1853 (CE)
Bibi Hayati Kermani was born in the Kerman province of Persia, to a Persian family with a long tradition of Sufism. She was raised by her brother, from whom she received her early training. She was initiated into the Ni’matullahi order by its master, Nur ‘Ali Shah. She trained in the esoteric development—and exoteric ethics—of the Sufi path.
Bibi Hayati was the Ni’matullahi master’s first disciple, and later she married him. They raised one child. During her life, Hayati became well-known for her erotic and mystical Sufi poetry, and her passionate expressions of love.
In addition to being a poet, Hayati cared and cooked for the community at large until her death.
Eliot Deutsch, Ronald Bontekoe. A companion to world philosophies. Massachusetts: Wiley-Blackwell, 1997, p. 109-110.
Hirschfield, Jane. “In Praise of the Sacred,” Yoga Journal for Health and Conscious Living 117 (1994), p. 76.
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