As a part of Project #INTEGRA Centre for Peace,nonviolence and human rights published a qoutation from Sheik Abusaeid, also know as Sheikh Abusaeid or Abu Sa'eed.

He was a famous Persian Sufi and poet who contributed to the evolution of Sufi tradition.
Abusaeid was born in the village of Mihne, part of Greater Khorasan, today located near Torbat-e Heydarieh in Khorāsān-e Razavī Province. His father was a herbalist and physician with an interest in Sufism.

Abusaeid's formal education included Islamic scholarship and Arabic literature that he continued until the age 23 when he left them for Sufism.

The majority of what is known from his life comes from the book "The Mysteries of Unification" written by Mohammad Ibn Monavvar, one of his grandsons, 130 years after his death.



The book, which is an important early Sufi writing in Persian, presents a record of his life in the form of anecdotes from a variety of sources and contains a collection of his words.

During his life his fame spread throughout the Islamic world, even to Spain. He was the first Sufi writer to widely use ordinary love poems as way to express and illuminate mysticism, and as such he played a major role in foundation of Persian Sufi poetry. He spent most of his life in Nishapur.

He also traveled to and spent time in small towns around the same province visiting other Sufis or his teachers. 

The annual Age, Gender and Diversity Participatory Assessment Final Workshop, organized by UNHCR Representation in Bulgaria, took place 5-6 November 2019 in Panagyurishte. The workshop gathered representatives of public institutions and NGOs working on refugee integration in Bulgaria. During the two-day event, participants heard from Mr Mathijs le Rutte, UNHCR Representative in Bulgaria about the UNHCR Strategic Priorities in the Area of Protection and Solutions for 2020. Ms Emiliya Bratanova van Harten and Ms Iva Partsaleva, UNHCR, presented the key findings of the 2019 Age, Gender and Diversity Participatory Assessment. Workshop discussions focused on identifying critical issues and recommendations for improvement through new interventions in key policy areas on refugee integration. S. Gabova from SDA took part in the workshop and presented the lessons learned and good practices from INTEGRA. The project focus on cities as agents of integration at local level is especially important for exploring new models of involving refugees and migrants in the decision-making process and development of city integration strategies.

This project is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

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