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Neil Douglas-Klotz

Director
Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning

Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz is an internationally known scholar in the fields connecting religious studies and psychology. He is the author of a number of books on Middle Eastern spirituality, hermeneutics and psychology including: Prayers of the Cosmos (1990), The Hidden Gospel (1999), The Genesis Meditations (2003), The Sufi Book of Life (2005), Blessings of the Cosmos (2006), The Tent of Abraham (2006), Desert Wisdom (2011) and (fiction) A Murder at Armageddon (2015).

Biography

Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz is an internationally known scholar in the fields connecting religious studies and psychology as well as a poet and musician. He is the author of:

*Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus (1990);
*Desert Wisdom: The Middle Eastern Tradition from the Goddess Through the Sufis (1995);
*The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spirituality of the Aramaic Jesus (1999);
*The Genesis Meditations: A Shared Practice of Peace for Christians, Jews and Muslims (2003);
*The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish (2005)
*Blessings of the Cosmos: Wisdom of the Heart from the Aramaic Words of Jesus (2006)
*The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims (2006, authored under the name of Saadi Shakur Chishti, with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Sr. Joan Chittister)
*Desert Wisdom: A Nomad's Guide to Life's Big Questions from the Heart of the Native Middle East (2011). Extensively revised from the 1995 edition with many new translations.
*'I Am': The Secret Teachings of the Aramaic Jesus (2012)
*A Murder at Armageddon (2015, historical mystery novel authored under the name of A.K.A. Chisti)

His audio sets from Sounds True include: The Hidden Gospel, Original Prayer (on the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus), The Healing Breath (on the Beatitudes in Matthew and Jesus' healing ministry) and 'I Am' (on Jesus's last teachings to his disciples in the Gospels of John and Thomas).

He is the past chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion and active in various international colloquia and conferences dedicated to peace and spirituality. He directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning (www.eial.org) in Edinburgh, Scotland. and co-founded the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace, now in its sixth year (www.mesp.org.uk). In 2005 he was awarded the Kessler-Keener Foundation Peacemaker of the Year award for his work in Middle Eastern peacemaking. Information about his work may be found at the website of the Abwoon Resource Center (www.abwoon.com)

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Ancient Semitic language hermeneutics; Somatic psychology; Spirituality and spiritual practice in the Middle Eastern traditions; Peace studies; the Aramaic interpretation of the words of Jesus and first century C.E. historical and cultural studies.

Personal Interests

    Non-tempered music, nomadic spirituality, Sufi meditation.

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Books

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Videos

Voices of Ancient Middle Eastern Wisdom

Published: Oct 18, 2015

An exerpt from Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D. giving a public presentation at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbus, OH. November 2011.

The Ancient Middle Eastern View of Time

Published: Oct 18, 2015

An exerpt from Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D. giving a public presentation at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbus, OH. November 2011.

A Perspective on Spiritual Ecology

Published: Oct 18, 2015

An exerpt from Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D. giving a public presentation at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbus, OH. November 2011.