The Teachers of Gurdjieff

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The Teachers of Gurdjieff is a book by Rafael Lefort that describes a journey to the middle east and central Asia in search of the sources of G. I. Gurdjieff's teaching, and culminates in the author's own spiritual awakening, by meeting and "opening" to the teachings of the Naqshbandi Sufis.

The Teachers of Gurdjieff
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AuthorRafael Lefort
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherVictor Gollancz, Malor Books
Publication date
1966, 1998
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN1-883536-16-2 (2nd ed. paperback)
197 21
LC ClassBP605.G94 G87 1998

The book is considered by many to be a product of the Sufi school associated with Idries Shah and his brother Omar Ali-Shah.[citation needed] The Gurdjieff biographer James Moore described the book as a "distasteful fabrication" [1]

The book first appeared in 1966 from the British publishing house Victor Gollancz. A second edition was published in 1998 by Malor Books under the editorial directorship of Robert Ornstein, a prominent American associate of Idries Shah. A Spanish version has been published by Alif Publishing Corp., which publishes many of Omar Ali-Shah's works, and a Portuguese one by Edições Dervish. A French version ("Les maîtres de Gurdjieff") has been published by Le Courrier du Livre in 1977.


  1. ^ Neo-Sufism: The Case of Idries Shah, first published in Religion Today magazine