IAS Hosts Dinner To Honor Professor Huston Smith with Members of the Northern California Interfaith Community

Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha (right) and
Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar (middle) welcome
honored guest Professor Huston Smith

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA — Community members were invited to a dinner honoring Professor Huston Smith, Ph.D. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Northern California on Sunday, October 15. The dinner was sponsored by the International Association of Sufism to celebrate and benefit the new Institute for Sufi Studies in Novato, California.

Huston Smith is internationally known for his books and television films on religion, philosophy and spirituality. He is the author of The Religions of Man revised as The World’s Religionswhich has sold over 2 million copies in 12 languages. He most recently has been Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Many community leaders joined Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha and
Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar in honoring
Professor Huston Smith in Marin County.

This event was made possible by the support of the following individuals and organizations:


Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha
International Association of Sufism

Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar
Institute for Sufi Studies

Mistress of Ceremonies

Ms. Beth Ashley
Marin Independent Journal

Honorary Chair

Dr. Joseph Fink
President, Dominican University of California

Honorary Committee

Rabbi Michael Barenbaum
Congregation Rodef Sholom

The Rev. Linda Compton
Marin Senior Coordinating Council

The Rev. Paul Chaffee
Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Seido Lee de Barros
Zen Center Green Gulch Farm

The Rev. Canon Charles Gibbs
United Religions Initiative

Dr. Phillip Novak
Dept. of Religion, Dominican University of California

The Rev. Betty Pagett
Ecumenical Association for Housing

Rita Semel
Interfaith Lay Leader

Dr. Joseph Subbiondo
President, California Institute for Integral Studies

The Rev. Kevin Tripp
Marin Interfaith Council

Dr. Frances Vaughan
Psychotherapist and Author

Dr. Roger Walsh
University of California, Irvine

The International Association of Sufism is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the wisdom and teachings of Sufism and providing education and social service to the community. With the new Institute for Sufi Studies, the IAS is embarking on a new level of service, offering public classes and seminars in meditation, healing, Sufi poetry and literature, Farsi and Arabic languages, and ancient wisdom.


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