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Simon Weightman was former head of the Department for the Study of Religion and Senior Lecturer in Hindi in the South Asia Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, retiring in 2002. In 1959 he matriculated at the University of Oxford, studying Arabic, Latin and Greek. He graduated in 1961 in Persian, along with Turkish. From 1961-63 Weightman served as Wolfson Research Fellow at the British Institute of Persian Studies, based in Teheran, Iran. In 1963 he joined the staff of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where he also acquired Hindi and Sanskrit.

Simon Weightman contributed the essay “Spiritual Progression in Books One and Two of the Mathnawī” to the volume The Philosophy of Ecstasy: Rumi and the Sufi Tradition.

Simon Weightman’s publications include Hinduism in the Village Setting (1975), Teach Yourself Hindi (with Rupert Snell, 1989), Madhumalati, An Indian Sufi Romance (with Aditya Behl, 2000), Mysticism and the Metaphor of Energies (2000), Rumi's Mystical Design (with Seyed Safavi, 2009), and numerous articles and papers.

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