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The Chishti and Jerrahi Orders of Sufism were shaped by the Beliefs, arts, religion and environment in which they matured. by Mind Map: The Chishti and Jerrahi
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The Chishti and Jerrahi Orders of Sufism were shaped by the Beliefs, arts, religion and environment in which they matured.

Different orders of sufism are extremly different depending on where they originated.(this branch is from 2 informal interviews with members of each of the groups i visited)

Jarrahi Order

Turkey, later migration to west, Energy, Music, chanting, drumming

Chishti order

sufi order International, Migrated to west, Dzikr, Arabic, Poetic roots


Many branches

Some orders of sufism are more closly tied to Islam than others because of many sociocultural factors.

Jerrahi Order (this branch is constructed from an interview with John spague, a member of the Jerrahi order)

Closer to Islam

Daily practices, Tas beads, Fatyha, Wierd, chants, Allah, Hu, Dzikr

Chishti Order

sufi order of the west (this branch is constructed with the help of a discussion i had with the group i visited after the Dzikr i observed), Less traditional, Pir Valayat, Adapted for west, treatment of women, Still more like islam, "Sufis in the middle east often have less respect for SOI members"-Anonymous member of the Sufi Order International, members visited, not accepted as Sufi, still consider themselvs sufi, many not islamic,, Catholic,, Buhdism, ect.

There are many universal aspects of sufism (this is constructed from interviews observation and background research)

Being Kind



whole heartedness

kindness to others, Mark of someone on the path



Remembrance of god

fikr, fikr asir, Silently, On breath


names of god




Attributes of god, Purity, lgiht, eternalness, holyness, compassion, ect.

Levels of self

Nafs, Animal self, peacefull self, inspired self, pleased pleasing self, Pure self


" Sufism is the difference between tasting the honey and seeing the honey"

"sufism is a way for individuals to have a personal relationship with god" -Barbara Jeanne Tomlinson

Different orders of sufism worship in different manners depending on the way they believe one becomes closer to God. (this section is entirely from observation)

Mevlevi(from personal knowledge)

Whirling dervishes

Chishti order

Sufi order International, Quiet, personal prayer, directed by leader, lots of thought, discussion, subtlty, Observed practice, discussion, Directed imagination, Ellemental breaths, Internal prayer, Wazifa

Jerrahi order




chanting, Hu, Allah ho akbar



directed by leader

Hand taking ceremony, 4 steps, There, To the divine temple, back, Back from temple, retain knowledge, Recieve head covering, Kissed three time, By each teacher and intiate, Welcoming to each stage, New vision, mountain, hand of god, hand of Muhamad, Sheapheard, Mariage with Allah

Different orders of sufism are differnt in part becouse of the people who rose to lead them through out their historys.

Chishti Order(constructed from an interview with Barbara Jeanne Tomlinson)

Sufi Order International, First to west, Adapted heavily, treatment toward women, hazrat Inayat Kahn, Pir Vilayat Inayat kahn, Pir Zia Inayat Kahn, Introduced younger generation, gender equality furthered

Jerrahi (constructed from an interview with Johnathon Sprague)

Sheikh Muzaffar, introduced, Kindred spirits

25 years ago

Lex Hicksan, Many religions, Sufism, Haj, Budism, Christianity

Shakah Fariah, Some Turkish practicioners object, Shakah Amina

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The connections and differences between the Sufi Order International and the Jerrahi order are diverse and interesting.(this branch is constructed from a combination of observation and an informal Q and A with a member of the Sufi Order International and background knowledge)

General info

Leader, of entire order, Sheik, Shakah, Pir, Local, Regional Leader, Personal, Center leader, Personal guide

Initiates, Mureed, Dervish

Initially derived from Islam

Different orders, Chishti, Jerrahi, Mevlevi