Shaykh Tosun Bayrak, born in 1926, Istanbul, Turkey, studied Biological Sciences, BSC, Robert College, Istanbul; Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley; and History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He received a Masters in Fine Arts from Rutgers University. Shaykh Bayrak served as a government official in Ankara, Honorary Consul of Turkey in Morocco, and was also an international businessman. He has exhibited widely in the USA as an Artist and Art Educator. He is a retired Professor of Art and Art History, from Fairleigh Dickenson University, New Jersey.
He has devoted the last forty years of his life to Sufism and is the Shaykh of the Jerrahi-Halveti Order in the USA.

In addition to two books of poetry in Turkish and many articles about art and religion in both the USA and Turkey, Shaykh Bayrak has published the following books:
  • The Way of Sufi Chivalry, Inner Traditions International
  • The Most Beautiful Names, Threshold Books
  • Inspirations on the Path of Blame, Threshold Books
  • Secret of Secrets, Islamic Text Society, London, UK
  • Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom, Fons Vitae
  • The Name and the Named, Fons Vitae
  • The Shape of Light, Fons Vitae
  • The Tree of Being, by Ibn Arabi
  • The Way of Muhammad, by Imam Birgivi
  • Memoirs of A Moth
Shaykh Bayrak resides in Chestnut Ridge, NY and Istanbul, Turkey.