Works of Hadj Nemat

Works > Shahnameh-ye Haqqiqat (Haqq ol Haqqayeq)

The Book of the Kings of Truth, or Haqq ol-Haqqayeq [The Truth of Truths] was authored by Hadj Nemat in Persian verse and first published in 1966 by the Institut Français d’Iranologie [The French Institute for Iranian Studies] in Iran under the direction of the renowned French orientalist and Islamist Henry Corbin, who deemed it comparable to a Holy Book upon its publication.

Hadj Nemat does not focus on traditional depictions of historical personalities in this work, but rather on the spiritual aspects and true essences of these figures. What is of concern to him is not the historical events per se, but the spiritual realities that in the other world induced the occurrence of these events. He also situates each of these historical figures within the angelology of the Ahl-e Haqq. Hadj Nemat thus sets forth the history of the religions, the ranks and states of the prophets and saints, as well as the influential personalities throughout human history, all from his own distinct spiritual perspective.

The Book of the Kings of Truth is comprised of 15,042 verses that appear in five sections or parts. The final part of the book, Naim (2231 verses), includes autobiographical passages in which Hadj Nemat describes his internal states and the events surrounding them. Aside from discussing the biographies of prominent spiritual personalities, Hadj Nemat sets forth other beneficial matters for the reader, including spiritual recommendations, counsel, and invocations that attest to his spiritual exaltation and novel experiences.

After the first edition of the book was published, Ostad Elahi, Hadj Nemat’s son, added a postscript explaining certain expressions in a work titled Hashiyeh bar Haqq ol-Haqqayeq [Commentary on The Truth of Truths], which now appears as an appendix to the book. In subsequent editions, Dr. Bahram Elahi not only edited the book but also added another 3900 verses that were unavailable to the publisher at the time of the first printing. Thus, subsequent editions of the book are a complete representation of this work.
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