Meet our Host, Dr. David D. Peck (Sufi al-Hajj Daud)

David has been a student of the Middle East, Islamic civilization, world Religions, and most importantly, Sufism since 1975.

Born in 1957, David was raised in Utah and Arizona. He graduated from Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah in 1976. He served an LDS mission to Seville, Spain, from 1977 to 1979. In 1980 he married Rachel Elizabeth Raty of Fairfax Virginia, and they have five children

He completed a bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Utah in 1981. David Briefly interrupted his studies in 1981 for training in the 142nd Military Intelligence (Linguist, Iraqi Arabic) battalion of the Utah Army National Guard. He completed an M.A. in Middle East Studies in 1985, and a earned a Juris Doctor degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1988 . He completed A Ph.D. in The History of the Middle East and Islamic civilization in 2003. David taught history, philosophy, political science, and Religion at Brigham Young University -– Idaho from 1993 - 2020. David was Fulbright - Nehru Visiting Lecturer at the University of Delhi in India from 2010 to 2011

In 2014 he joined the Sufi Ruhaniat International and has studied under Pir Shabda Kahn in 2020 was in itiated as a Sufi Master and Guide. In that same year he founded the Teton Sufi Circle , located near the Grand Teton Mountains

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Our History

Origin Sufism traces its legacy back into the dawn of humanity. Sufism was passed down to the present through a silsila, a Golden Chain of transmission from Guide to Disciple.
1910 Sufi Master and musician Inayat Khan travels to Europe and the United States, introducing Sufism in the West through music and lecture. He founded the Sufi Order in 1918, the foundation of Western Sufism, the Universal Sufi tradition in the West. Although Inayat Khan was gounded in more than one Sufi tradition in India, he is most closely associated with the Chishtiyya order associated with the city of Ajmer.
1970 Samuel Lewis, lovingly known as Murshid Sam, founds the Sufi Ruhaniat International (SRI) in San Francisco, California. The SRI is an important stream of the Sufi lineage introduced by Inayat Khan. Murshid Sam in 1971 and was succeeded as the pir of SRI by his disciple, Moineddin Jablonski.
2001 Pir Moineddin Jablonski dies, having appointed Shabda Kahn as Pir of the SRI. Pir Shabda leads the SRI today, and continues the important Sufi traditions of Murshid Sam, including the Dances of Universal Peace.
2020 David Peck (Sufi al-Hajj Daud) is initiated by Shabda Kahn as a Guide in the SRI al-Hajj Daud founded the Teton Sufi Circle in 2020, and Of Saints and Sufis in 2021.