Farnaz Masumian

Farnaz Masumian taught world religions at institutions of higher education for 23 years, including the University of Texas at Austin, where she taught for ten years. Her primary research interests are in the areas of life after death, near-death experiences (NDEs) and meditation. Among her publications are several books, including Life after Death: A Study of the Afterlife in World Religions (One World Publications, 1995, reprinted in 2002 by Kalimat Press) and Divine Educators (George Ronald, 2005) which she co-authored with her husband, Bijan Masumian. Farnaz's most recent book is The Divine Art of Meditation: meditation and visualization techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul (George Ronald, 2014). Her latest book The Secrets of True Happiness is scheduled for publication in 2019.

Life After Death has so far been translated into Russian, Polish and Indonesian languages and won first prize in religion/spirituality category at the 1998 Beijing, China Book Fair. In October 2006, she also presented a research paper on “Spirituality, World Religions, and NDE” at the 30th anniversary conference of the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS). In June 2009, the proceedings of that conference, including her research, were published as a book titled The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation.