´Silsile´ is the spiritual “golden” chain of power transmission that plays a central role in all Tarikats (Sufi religious-communities). It is through them that the founders of the Tariakats gain their authority - through a backward-looking reconstruction up to the Prophet Mohammed.

Ahmed Hüsâmeddin Dagestânî was born in the North Caucasus, in Dagestan, in the city of Rükkal. He grew up in the Hicaz region and his presence can be found all over Anatolia (Sivrihisar, Ankara, Bursa and Istanbul). Ahmed Efendi was from the 27th generation of the Prophet's family. He carried the honorary title Seyyid. Efendi lived in the last period of the Ottoman Empire and was Grand-Master of the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi Tarikat.


 1847 – 1925

Ahmed Celâleddin Baykara Dede was born in the city of Gallipoli, into a Mevlevi dynasty. He was Mevlevi Sheikh, poet, Neyzen and Mesnevihan. He is considered one of the most important sources for the transmission of the culture and history of the Mevlevis in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dede took over the management of the Mevlevihane in Üsküdar for two years and then he headed the Galata Mevlevihane in Istanbul, where he was the last Şeyh until the lodge closed in 1925.

Ahmed Celâleddin Baykara Dede

1853 – 1946

Fazıl Güven was born in Kütahya, was trained as a religious scholar and worked as an Imam. He played the violin and one of his skills was knowing the Quran by heart. He had also studied the Mesnevi Rumis. He was an accomplished Sufi master, student of Ahmed Hüsameddin Efendi and the first master of R. Oruç Güvenç.

Fazıl Güven

Ziyâ Kuldur Efendi was Şeyh of the Sa'dî Tarikat (Sufi path) and had the license to teach four other tarikats: Kâdirî, Rufâ´î, Uşşâkî, Bektâşî. Oruç Güvenç received from Ziya Efendi the teaching-transmission for all five tarikats.

Ziyâ Kuldur Efendi

Turgut Baba was the last student of the last Grand Master Ahmed Celâleddîn Dede of the Galata Mevlevi Hane. At the center of his teaching was the philosophy of unity (Vahdet-i vücûd) and the unity of all religions. Turgut Baba grew up near the Kaaba and was fluent in Arabic, French, Turkish, English and Persian. In addition to the Tasavvuf, he studied Eastern exegetes and Western philosophical approaches and was close to the ´Ishraqi´ philosophy.

Turgut Söylemzoglu Baba

Dr. Rahmi Oruç Güvenç was born on 28 of July 1948 in Tavşanlı, western Turkey, and met his first master, Fazıl Güven, at the age of about thirteen. Oruç spent six years together with Fazıl Bey before he moved to the other world. His second master was then Turgut Baba, whom he met in his later years in Istanbul, visited him regularly and lived with him for two years. Guided by a dream, Oruç met the Sa´dî master Ziyâ Efendi, from whom he has been given the teaching-transmission of the Tarikats: Sa´dî, Uşşâkî, Bektaşî, Kâdirî and Rufâ´î. Furthermore, Oruç Bey received the permission to teach the Mevlevî order through Abdurrahman Yünel.

Dr. Rahmi Oruç Güvenç

1948 – 2017