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Hazrat Inayat Khan

Born into a noble Indian Muslim family, Inayat Khan (1882-1927) became a Sufi in the Nizamiyya sub-branch of the Chishti order. With the encouragement of his shaykh, he left India in 1910 to go to the West, travelling first as a touring musician and then as a teacher of Sufism, visiting Europe and North America, and eventually settling in Paris. 

His message of divine unity through love and wisdom was attractive to many seekers in the West, and he founded the Sufi Order in the West, now known as the Sufi Order International.

Inayat Khan expressed the view that:

There is no line of work or study which woman in the West does not undertake and does not accomplish as well as man. Even in social and political activities, in religion, in spiritual ideas, she excels man. … I can see as clear as daylight that the hour is coming when woman will lead humanity to a higher evolution.

The Sufi message of Hazrat Inayat Khan (London: Barrie and Rockliff, 1960-1969. 12v)
The heart of Sufism: essential writings of Hazrat Inayat Khan (Boston: Shambhala/ Random House, 1999)
'Quotes – Hazrat Inayat Khan on Music and Sound'
Marcia Hermansen, ‘Two Sufis on molding the new Muslim woman: Khwaja Hasan Nizami (1878-1955) and Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927)’ in Islam in South Asia in practice, edited by Barbara D.Metcalf (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009), chapter 25

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