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Sufi Order in the West

From: Hugh Talat Halman 
Subject: Sufi Order in the West (9408.sufism-.hth)
Date: 49940707

Recently a question about the Sufi Order in the West was raised.

The Sufi Order in the West was founded by Murshid Hazrat 'Inayat Khan, 
trained in Ajmeer India in the silsalah of the Chisti Sufi Order.The 
Chistiyya have been distinguished as the tariqa most inclusive of Hindu 
wisdom and yogic practice. It was a Chisti shaikh to whom Akbar expressed 
gratitude for the barakat that led to the birth of a son. In the mileu of 
this extremely ecumenical tariqa, Hazrat 'Inayat Khan learned in addition 
to Sufism the mastery of the musical instrument known as the Vina. Hazrat 
'Inayat Khan came to Europe and America around the turn of the century 
and taught Sufism sans Shariah. One of his students was Samuel Lewis 
("Sufi Sam") famous for promulgating the Universal Dances of World Peace. 
Hazrat 'Inayat Khan married a niece of Mary Baker Eddy and fathered a 
daughter who died in the French Resistance and a son, Pir Vilayat 'Inayat 
Khan. Pir Vilayat studied meditation extensively and comprehensively 
especially in India. In the 1960s he began leading the Sufi Order in the 
West. The handful of people I know in this movement (I am not a member) 
are sincere,contemplative, and highly respectful of Islam.

May this contribute to your understanding.

			Hugh Talat Halman
			118 Gray Bldg.
			Duke University
			Durham NC, 27708

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