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Published 1988-2000 semi-annually on behalf of the Sufi Movement International by the Sufi Movement in Canada.


Caravanserai Magazine
1988 No.1

Published semi-annually on behalf of the Sufi Movement by the Sufi Movement in Canada, a registered non-profit society.


Hidayat Inayat Khan. "Brotherhood, Compassion, Beloved Ones of God"
Nawab Pasnak. "Faith, Wisdom and the Lesson of Tiresias"
Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan. "Science and Psychology"
In Search of Murshid's Words
The Ungratefulness of the World
Sharda Pirani Ameena-Begum Ora-Ray Inayat Khan. "O Beloved..."
Ameen Carp. "Brotherhood"
Virya Best. "Our Debts in Life"
Inayat Khan. "Caravanserai" (Scores)
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Editor in chief: Nawab Pasnak Design & Layout: Sufia Sill
Editorial Board: Virya Best, Ameen Carp, Joan Gaisford, Hidayat Inayat Khan, Nawab Pasnak, Karima Sengupta, Karimbakhsh Witteveen

Caravanserai is published by the Sufi Movement in Canada on behalf of the Sufi Movement. Opinions expressed are those of the contributors, and do not necessarily represent those of the Sufi Movement or the Sufi Movement in Canada. © 1988 Copyright of all material remains with the originator.

Welcome, fellow travelers,
to the Caravanserai!

In the east, in days gone by, when the hazards of travel were many and the comforts were few, travelers often banded together in caravans for protection. Stopping places for the caravans were called caravanserais, and they were much more than a shelter where there was water and fodder for the pack animals. They were also a place to sit around a fire at night and exchange stories and information about the perils of the paths. In the day, travelers even in the same caravan might see each other only as silhouettes wavering in the heat haze. At night, under the starry sky, they could come together again, and perhaps meet other caravans as well. To the travelers, the caravanserais were a cheerful source of news, companionship and entertainment.

Of course, the caravan has long been used by Sufis as a symbol of the fellowship and guidance mureeds share when they travel together toward the spiritual goal. From that symbol, we have taken the name of this magazine, hoping that it too will serve as a place of information and refreshment for anyone drawn to the Sufi Message.

Caravanserai, published by the Sufi Movement, will bring you stories, poems, interviews, articles on Sufism and news of events of interest to Sufis. We are dedicated to carry on the work of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, who founded the Sufi Movement in 1910 — but that work has a wide horizon, and few topics will be out of place at this fireside. To begin with, we will publish twice a year, but we hope to increase the frequency as we become established.

It must be noted here that Caravanserai is not the first magazine to serve the Sufi Movement. The Sufi, and the Sufi Quarterly were published during the 1930's, and brought many interesting articles to their readers. However, it has been many years since there was a regular publication, and it is hoped that Caravanserai will grow to fill this vacancy.

To succeed, Caravanserai needs your support. It needs your subscription, and it needs your submission, whether news item or article or drawing or perhaps just a letter telling other travelers of the Sufi work in your area. On behalf of Caravanserai and the Sufi Movement, I urge you to fill in a subscription card, and send it today. Even better, send it with an article, or a poem, or a picture. Don't be shy. Let the other travelers hear your story and enjoy your voice...

Nawab Pasnak


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