Tosun Bayrak

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Tosun Bayrak
Born Tosun Bekir Bayraktaroğlu[1]
(1926-01-21)January 21, 1926[2]
Istanbul, Turkey
Residence New York State, United States
Occupation Sufi sheikh, writer, translator, artist
Spouse(s) Jean Linder Bayrak

Sheikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi al-Halveti (born January 21, 1926 in Istanbul) is an author, translator and Sufi. He served as a government official in Ankara, Honorary Consul of Turkey in Morocco and is the Sheikh of the Jerrahi-Halveti Order in America.[3]


He studied Biological Sciences at Robert College, Istanbul; Art, Architecture, and Art History in the Studios of Bernard Leger and Andre Lhote in Paris; Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley; and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He received a Masters in Fine Arts from Rutgers University.


A retired professor of art and art history from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, he has exhibited widely in the United States[4] and is also a Guggenheim fellow.[5] He retired from the art world in the 1970s and devoted his life to the study and teaching of Islam and Sufism.


In 1970 Bayrak met Muzaffer Ozak Ashki al-Jerrahi who became his teacher. Bayrak is now a Sheikh of the Halveti-Jerrahi order residing near the Jerrahi Order of America mosque in Spring Valley, New York.[7] He has been spiritual guide of the Jerrahi Order of the Americas, (the primary Western branch of the Halveti-Jerrahi Order of Dervishes) since 1977.[8]


Sheikh Tosun Bayrak has translated dozens of books on Islamic spirituality, but he is particularly known for his efforts on the works of the Sufi mystic Ibn Arabi. One of his best known works is Ibn Arabi: The Tree of Being (Archetype [], 2005). His translations of classic works of Sufism include Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani Secret of Secrets (Islamic Texts Society, 1992), Inspirations (Threshold Books), The Book of Sufi Chivalry (Inner Traditions, 1991), Suhrawardi: The Shape of Light (Fons Vitae, 1998), The Name and the Named: Divine Attributes of God (Fons Vitae, 2000), and Imam Birgivi The Path of Muhammad (World Wisdom, 2005).

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  1. ^ Amerika'da Bir Türk
  2. ^ Amerika'da Bir Türk [1], p.19
  3. ^ The Tree of Being
  4. ^ The Tree of Being
  5. ^ Tosun Bayrak
  6. ^ "The World is Beautiful" An interview with Sheikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi [2]
  7. ^ The Most Beautiful Names
  8. ^ The Meaning of Age
  9. ^ "The World is Beautiful" An interview with Sheikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi [3]

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