Samuel L Lewis

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Birthday
18, 1896
Birthplace
California
Death Date
Jan 15, 1971 (74)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
18, 1896
Birthplace
California
Death Date
Jan 15, 1971 (74)

About

Known as "Sufi Sam," this American mystic in the Chisti Order of Islamic Sufism became famous for founding the Dances of Universal Peace movement.

Before Fame

After a brief stint as a student in Columbia University's mathematics department, he studied in California with several prominent Sufi leaders and later continued his religious training in India, Pakistan, Egypt, and Japan.

Trivia

A horticulture enthusiast, he worked on the development of environmentally-friendly fertilizers and drought-proof crops.

Family Life

He was born into a wealthy Jewish family. His father, Jacob Lewis, was an executive with the Levi Strauss blue jeans company, and his mother, Harriett Rosenthal, was a member of the prominent Rothschild banking corporation.

Associated With

He and Indian author Ashfaq Ahmed were both twentieth-century followers of the mystical Sufi branch of Islam.