Anne Louise (sufi name: Qahira) Wirgman
Has been active for the Foundation for many years in different roles varying from Archivist to Editor. The 25 years before starting her involvement with the Foundation were spent in the UK arts sector. Theatre: National Theatre, Joint Stock Theatre Company, Albany Empire, Tamasha Theatre Company, Almeida, Young Vic. This work included collaborating with writers and directors to produce new work (Mass Carib and East is East) and classics. Music: (Executive Director, launching the new venue The Waterfront, Norwich); Film: (Intrinsica Films and DocFest). She is a graduate of Suluk Academy’s Tasnim Class. She helped form Suluk Academy in Europe and served as the co-administrator for the European classes of Gulab, Parvana and Zindarud. She prefers not to add her photograph.
Hind Wakach – Sahar-Un-Nissa –, was born on 01/28/1974 in Mohammedia, Morocco. She studied private law at the Université Panthéon Paris II, which she finished in 2000.
After several years’ experience in companies as an organizer, executive assistant, and accountant, she decided to change profession. In 2012, she obtained her Graduate Diploma in Addictology from the University of Paris 8 and a Certificate of Practitioner in Sophrology from the Institut Européen de Recherche en Sophrologie et Psychothérapie.
In 2017 she was initiated into the teachings of Inayat Khan by Pir Zia Inayat Khan.
Since 2019 she has been working for the Egeling Stichting at Fazal Manzil.
Once she has completed her training, she will be working free-lance as an archivist and information specialist, making the collections accessible to researchers and visitors in the biographical department, on the Internet and in the future Sufi Research Center in Suresnes.
For making digital information easily accessible, she will attend additional training and work with colleagues at other institutions.
Shahbaz Alex Kiss,
a mureed based in Brummen, the Netherlands, joined the team in 2013. Shahbaz is a graduate of the Suluk Europe class, Parvana. He is a writer and journalist. He obtained his Masters Degree in Philosophy from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2018.
Shahbaz taught himself the Pont Shorthand System used by Nekbakht Furnée, and after a practice period began transcribing documents for the books in the Complete Works series. The most recent results are Complete Works, 1926 Volume III and IV, which will be published in the fall of 2022. He and Berthi van der Bent Hamel (see past workers) corresponded by email and have worked together on several occasions, meeting in Suresnes. After Berthi van der Bent Hamel retired from the work in 2018, Shahbaz took on the remaining work on the transcriptions.
Combining his editing and Pont shorthand skills, he recently started streamlining the older volumes, beginning with those dealing with Inayat Khan’s 1922 activities. Reissuing the older volumes aims at increasing their overall readability and matching their form to present-day research needs.
A team of freelance individuals supports the work in and around the Biographical Deartment. They are shown below:
The editorial committee acts in an advisory capacity to the board. The committee is working on a number of new projects which will be added to the site upon completion.
The current committee is: Kadir Troelstra (chair), Mahmood Khan Youskine, , Wali van der Zwan and Saniya Ammerlaan.