What's in a name? Changes and challenges in one hundred years of Inayat Khan's (Inayati) Universal Sufism

Genn, Celia (2013) What's in a name? Changes and challenges in one hundred years of Inayat Khan's (Inayati) Universal Sufism. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 26 1: 7-28. doi:10.1558/jasr.v26i1.7

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Author Genn, Celia
Title What's in a name? Changes and challenges in one hundred years of Inayat Khan's (Inayati) Universal Sufism
Journal name Journal for the Academic Study of Religion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2047-704X
2047-7058
Publication date 2013-04-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1558/jasr.v26i1.7
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 7
End page 28
Total pages 22
Place of publication Sheffield, United Kingdom
Publisher Equinox Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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.
Keyword Universal Sufism
Inayat Khan
Sufism in Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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