Texts for Nasir Khusraw
"With an inner sight look at the World's mystery
The outward sight cannot discover it,
This world is the stair leading to the higher world
And we must mount its steps."
The great and-well-known lsmaili Missionary Hakim Nasir Khusraw was the celebrated medieval erudite poet, philosopher, traveller and Hujjat of Khurasan. Nasir Khusraw was one of the most important figures of llth century Iran - an era which has produced such men of prominence as Omar Khayyam, Hasan bin Sabbah. and al-Mua'yyid ash-Shirazi.
Abu Mu'in Nasir B. Khusraw was born in the year 394 A.H. in the small town of Qubadiyan, situated not far from the city of Balkh in the province of Khurasan.
A well-known poet, traveller and philosopher, his works in prose included 'Provision for the Travellers', 'The Feast of the Brethren', 'The Face of Religion', 'Release and Deliverance' and 'Harmonisation of the Two Wisdoms'. The most well-known prose-work of Nasir-I-Khusraw is the SAFAR-NAMA or the 'Book of Travels', which is regarded as a model of classical Persian prose.