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The Life and Teaching of Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan
A Weekend Seminar with Sharif Munawwir Graham, recorded May 8-9 2010


Photo of Hazrat Inayat Khan Born in 1882, Hazrat Inayat Khan was a virtuoso master of Indian music and Sufi who boldly traveled to the West to perform and teach in the USA and Europe. He brought the universal Sufi Message to the world, and he has touched the hearts of countless devotees.

Donald A. Sharif Graham, a professor of Literature and Comparative Religion, first encountered Sufi Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan in 1970 and worked closely with him on several of his books. Professor Graham

For twelve years, as archivist of the Nekbakht Foundation in Suresnes, France, he authenticated and edited the lectures of Pir-o- Murshid Inayat Khan, and regularly gave seminars on Inayat Khan's teachings.

In 2010, Sharif spoke to a group in California about Inayat Khan. In fulfillment of a long-overdue promise these recorded lectures, lightly edited, are now being posted in their entirety, as intended by the speaker. Vast gratitude to Mahdia Jacobs Kahn, Shams Karys and Leonard Levis for arranging and hosting, and to Pir Shabda for recording.

During the two days of talks, Sharif showed and described numerous photographs of Murshid, from age about 12 onward. You can view these photos and more here while listening to the talks online.

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        December 2013

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(From the announcement of the seminar in 2010)

Sharif was raised in Arizona, educated at Yale, taught comparative religion for 30 years, and was initiated by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan in 1970. He has been working on the Complete Works of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, the tenth volume of which approaches completion, since 1982. His position at the official archives outside Paris involves continuous immersion in Inayat Khan's words, and he has started writing a biography of Inayat Khan. This is Sharif's first visit to the Bay Area in over 20 years.

"I will survey the life of Inayat Khan from his Indian childhood to his death, including many examples of his teaching and the stories he would tell. I will show photos of him and relay stories people told about meeting him. I especially enjoy answering questions about the life and teachings of Inayat Khan, who I believe to have been the most important religious thinker of the 20th century.


Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan