What's in a Name?: Changes and Challenges in One Hundred Years of Inayat Khan's (Inayati) Universal Sufism

In 2010, the International Sufi Movement celebrated one hundred years of Hazrat Inayat Khan's Sufi Message in the West. This article draws attention to recent developments within Inayati Sufi groups and identifies how new tensions arising in relation to the religion of Islam pose challenges for...

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Published in:Journal for the academic study of religion
Main Author: Genn, Celia
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Equinox Publ. [2013]
In: Journal for the academic study of religion
Further subjects:B Universal Sufism
B Inayat Khan
B Sufism in Australia
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Summary:In 2010, the International Sufi Movement celebrated one hundred years of Hazrat Inayat Khan's Sufi Message in the West. This article draws attention to recent developments within Inayati Sufi groups and identifies how new tensions arising in relation to the religion of Islam pose challenges for the group's identity and future. Separating Sufism from the exoteric tradition of Islam was part of Inayat Khan's vision for the future of religion, though Inayati orders honour their origins in, and retain significant strands of the Chishtiyya Sufism of India. This article reveals a mix of tradition and innovation in the group's history, thought and practice, and a variety of stances toward both Islam and the designation ‘Sufi'. Despite the tensions, this transnational Sufi community remains characterised by an inner core of disciplined ethical spiritual work directed toward self and God realisation, and an ecumenical vision of universal brother and sisterhood, that accommodates seekers from all backgrounds.
ISSN:2047-7058
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal for the academic study of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1558/arsr.v26i1.7