Neil Douglas-Klotz (Saadi Shakur Chishti) holds a Ph.D. in religious studies (comparative Semitic hermeneutics) and psychology and an M.A. in somatic psychology. He is an independent scholar with a background in hermeneutics, Middle Eastern languages, and sacred movement. For 8 years he served as co-chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion and was the first practicing mystic to hold this position. He has followed the Sufi path for more than 40 years and is initiated as Murshid (senior guide) in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. He also serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Sufism. He is the author of the books Prayers of the Cosmos (1990), The Hidden Gospel (1999), The Genesis Meditations (2003), The Sufi Book of Life (2005), Blessings of the Cosmos (2006), Desert Wisdom (2011), Original Meditation (2016), The Little Book of Sufi Stories (2918) and co-author of The Tent of Abraham (2006) with Sr. Joan Chittister and Rabbi Arthur Waskow.
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