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1871 Birth of Hadj Nemat, Ostad Elahi's father, in the Kurdish village of Jeyhounabad in western Iran

1894 Marriage of Ostad Elahi's parents

1895 Birth of Nour Ali Elahi (Ostad Elahi) on September 11 in Jeyhounabad

1900 Inception of Hadj Nemat's mystical lifestyle following a spiritual transformation

1901 Introduction to the tanbur, an ancient lute

1905 Begins twelve-year cycle of ascetic retreats at the age of nine

1905 Achieves mastery on the tanbur

1906 Experiences a spiritual transformation at the age of eleven

1906 Birth of Malak Jan, Ostad Elahi's sister, who would later continue his teachings

1916 Completion of twelve-year cycle of acetic retreats

1917 Marriage of Ostad Elahi

1920 Passing of Hadj Nemat

1920-28 Residence in his native village

1922 First trip to Tehran, where he remains for a year

1929 Second trip to Tehran for a yearlong sojourn

1930 Begins government employment at the Bureau of Land Registration and Public Acts of Kermanshah

1932 Works at the Bureau of Land Registration and Public Acts of Tajrish

1933 Enrollment in the National School of Jurisprudence and ongoing employment at the Bureau of Land Registration and Public Acts of Tajrish

1933 Completion of judicial studies and first assignment as Justice of the Peace in Larestan

1937 Appointment as Surrogate Judge and Examining Magistrate in Shiraz

1939 Appointment as Public Prosecutor of Khorramabad

1941 Appointment as Chief Judge of the Misdemeanor Court and Member of the Land Restitution Commission in the province of Kermanshah

1943 Appointment as Chief Judge of the District Court in Kerman and its Commercial Part with jurisdiction over price-fixing claims

1944 Appointment as Public Prosecutor of the Court of Appeals of Kermanshah

1945 Appointment as Public Prosecutor of Qom

1947 Voluntary leave awaiting alternate assignment

1948 Appointment as Public Prosecutor of the Court of Appeals of Kermanshah

1949 Appointment as Public Prosecutor of the Court of Appeals of Azerbaijan

1949 Appointment as Director of the Ministry of Justice in Jahrom and as Chief Judge of the Commercial Court in Kerman with jurisdiction over price-fixing claims

1951 Appointment as Public Prosecutor of Tehran

1955 Appointment as Public Prosecutor and then Chief Judge of the Criminal Court of Appeals for the province of Mazandaran

1957 Elects to retire at the age of 62 after 27 years of government service and settles in Tehran

1963 Publication of Demonstration of the Truth

1967 Publication of Commentary on The Book of the Kings of Truth

1969 Publication of Knowing the Spirit

1974 Passes away at the age of 79 in Tehran

1977 Publication of the first volume of Words of Truth featuring sayings of Ostad Elahi

1982 Destruction of his tomb in Hashtgerd

1984 Reconstruction of a memorial in Hashtgerd

1991 Publication of the second volume of Words of Truth

1993 Passing of Malak Jan, who was also known as Sheykh Jani

1995 Commemoration of the centenary of Ostad Elahi's birth


Note: In Iran's nascent judicial system modeled after the French inquisitorial or nonadversarial system, the court was actively involved in investigating and examining the facts of a criminal case. As such, judges essentially played a dual role by serving as either standing or seated judges: standing judges would act as public prosecutors by examining and presenting the government's case to the seated judge(s) presiding over the matter. A natural progression in the judiciary therefore entailed beginning in the lower courts as a standing judge and eventually becoming a seated judge in the district and appellate courts. As reflected in this chronology and for reasons more fully explained under "The Jurist" section of this site, Ostad Elahi's career did not always follow this natural progression.

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