1871 Birth of Hadj Nematollah, Ostad Elahi’s father, in the Kurdish village of Jeyhunabad in Western Iran
1894 Marriage of Ostad Elahi’s parents
1895 Birth of Nour Ali (Ostad) Elahi on September 11 in Jeyhunabad
1900 Inception of Hadj Nematollah’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 of 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 ascetic retreats
1917 Marriage of Ostad Elahi
1920 Passing of Hadj Nematollah
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
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 “Traces of Truth” featuring sayings of Ostad Elahi
1982 Destruction of his tomb in Hashtgerd
1984 Reconstruction of his memorial in Hashtgerd
1991 Publication of the second volume of “Traces of Truth”
1993 Passing of Malak Jan, who was also known by the honorific Sheykh Jani
1995 Commemoration of the centenary of Ostad Elahi’s birth
2000 Creation of “The Ostad Elahi Foundation: Ethics and Human Solidarity” in Paris, France
2014 Opening of “The Sacred Lute: The Art of Ostad Elahi,” a special exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

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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 Judiciary section of this site, Ostad Elahi’s career did not always follow this natural progression.