2014 Winter Feast Opening - An Invitation to Silence by Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, PhD, is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the tradition of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. He received his BA in Persian Literature from the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and his MA and PhD in Religion from Duke University. He received his spiritual training from his father Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, whom he succeeded in 2004 as worldwide president of the Sufi Order International. In the same year he founded Suluk Academy, a school of contemplative studies with branches in the U.S. and Europe. Four years later he founded Seven Pillars House of Wisdom as a forum for interfaith and interdisciplinary collaboration. He is a Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, Advisor to the Contemplative Alliance, and recipient of the U Thant Peace Award. He lives with his wife and two children in rural upstate New York. More information on Pir Zia’s work can be found at www.pirzia.org.