Ibn 'Arabi and the Contemporary West - Beshara and the Ibn 'Arabi Society - Isobel Jeffery-Street

Ibn 'Arabi and the Contemporary West - Beshara and the Ibn 'Arabi Society - Isobel Jeffery-Street

THE BESHARA TRUST: EARLY YEARS

Ibn 'Arabi and the Contemporary West - Beshara and the Ibn 'Arabi Society - Isobel Jeffery-Street

Isobel Jeffery-Street [+-]
Independent Scholar
Isobel Jeffery-Street studied for a BA Honours degree in Theological Studies and a doctorate in Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. She has tutored in Islamic Studies for the ­University’s distance learning course as well as being co-ordinator of the Exeter Inter-Faith Group.

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The present chapter traces the evolution and the activities of the Beshara Trust and its school from Bulent Rauf’s arrival in England in 1967, to the Trust’s inception at the time of the purchase of Swyre Farm in 1971. It describes how the foundational study text of the school was produced, and gives a summary account of the early participants. It also situates and relates the Trust to other scholars and teachers, such as Titus Burckhardt and J.G. Bennett, who were active in promoting Su ideas in the West in the early half of the twentieth century. This chapter, like the previous one, provides some prime examples of unusual spiritual circumstances in the emergence of the Trust. These I have set out through the usual approach of phenomenological students of religion who are familiar with these types of incidences and apparent co-incidences during the emergence of new spiritual movements in all historical settings and traditions.

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Jeffery-Street, Isobel. THE BESHARA TRUST: EARLY YEARS. Ibn 'Arabi and the Contemporary West - Beshara and the Ibn 'Arabi Society. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 54 - 73 Jan 2012. ISBN 9781845536718. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19719. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19719. Jan 2012

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