The book introduces the English-speaking readers to Theo van Hoorn’s
Recollections of Inayat Khan, an indispensable source in the history of
Western Sufism that was hitherto accassible only in Dutch.
Theodoor van Hoorn (1887-1957) was an Amsterdam accountant, who was
initiated by Inayat Khan in Suresnes in the summer of 1924. He wrote his
memoirs during the war, in the winter of 1944-1945. The memoirs are
especially on the summer schools in Surenes in 1924 and 1926, providing a
loving picture of Itayat Khan, the Murshid. But moreover it is an
important “milieu study” of Murshid’s followers.
In a lengthy introductory study Prof. dr. Hendrik J. Horn examines Theo’s
engaging essays on a thematic basis so as better to understand the man and
The present volume is lavishly illustrated, offers many hundreds of notes,
and is complemented by an Index of Names.