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Annemarie B. Schimmel
The key point in Schimmel’s Islamic studies is that she has released herself from assumptions of European Islamicists, racial theories and Christian concepts and she doesn’t not employ their methods in understanding teachings of Islam.
But with great effort, she learns important languages of Islamic studies and finds access to the first hand Islamic texts. As an impartial scholar and researcher, he utilizes a scientific method for understanding concepts of Islamic culture and civilization.
Mohammad Hossein Boshrooye-I, known as Badi’ozzamān Foruzanfar, the son of Agha Sheikh Ali Boshrooye-I, was born in 1897 in a family of scholars in Boshrooye, a city in Khorasan. His father was one of the elders of Boshrooye and a poet of the Constitutional (Mashrutiyat) period. He took preparatory courses in his hometown, and then he went to Mashhad and benefited from the Khorasan’s scholars of the literature, such as Adib Neishaburi and Adib Pishawari.
One of the most prominent contemporary scholars of Rumi is the late Abdolhossein Zarinkoob who has written valuable books and papers on life and works of Rumi. “Serr-e Ney” (Secret of the Reed), “Pelleh-Pelleh ta Molaghat-e Khoda” (Step by Step until Visiting God), “Nardeban-e Shekasteh” (Broken Ladder) and “Bahr dar Koozeh” (Sea in a Jug) are Zarinkoob’s most significant works on Rumi and are considered among key references for Rumi studies.
Reynold Alleyne Nicholson
Nicholson was among the first orientalists who well familiarized the West with the books of Attar and Rumi. Also, it was him who first introduced “Fihi ma Fihi” in the Royal Association’s publication to acquaint western researchers with the cherished work. Reynold who had translated parts of it, recommended his student, Arbery, to entirely translate the book.