I haven't read anything from Gurdieff or his followers for ages. Having now looked at them, I think that Gurdieff and Oscar Ichazo are both of them true and genuine teachers.
Faith is a personal matter, it is about how you respond to a teaching and to a teacher.
Nasr-Uddin, like Jal-Uddin Rumi, could be connected to the name Uddiyan, i.e. the country of Uddiyana, Oddiyana, or Orgyen.
The figure of Al Addin (Aladdin) in Thousand and One Nights is a propagandistic version of Al Uddin, i.e. the Guru of Uddiyan. It is an islamistic version making fun of the Uddiyan Guru and of tantric buddhism.
I'm having trouble following you here. Would you please elaborate to show how this is on topic?
unrelated: I suspect that "legominism" is Gurdjieff's attempt to recontextualize terma into his own system (claiming that the legominism of the very saintly Ashiata Shiemash is a essentially a treasure from a very ancient siddha). Not saying G was a terton, but that he was attempting to write like one.
Nasreddin Hodja is the turkish name of Mulla Nasruddin, as he is more often known in modern Sufi literature, for example in the books of Idries Shah.
And the rest of the points are also within the category of Sufism, ancient and modern Sufism.
Some people have difficulty in accepting modern manifestations of Sufism. Why can't we accept people of the 1900's to be trained in the tradition of Sufis, if they them selves say so?
A similar question will inevitable bounce back to ourselves, have we not heard it said in full seriousness that Tendai, Mahayana and Vajrayana are not really Buddhism at all ??
I see no reason to doubt the sufism of modern sufis. Sufism is not a merely ethnic religion or an ethnic teaching and tradition. It is universal, and sufis have succeeded in becoming known outside the narrow confines of Islam.
I'm sorry if this is going too far from the sufi message of Mulla Nasruddin. According to Idries Shah the Mulla Nasruddin stories are a subject of serious study in some sufi schools!
And this is still a place for light discussion, is that not so ?
I have never felt Gurdieff to be a Terton. In 1970's, when I read his works, the name "terton" was quite insignificant, a very much unknown term then and therefore without much meaning!
What I meant with "Aladdin" is that before the arising of Islam as a State Religion Buddhism and many of its leading figures were known in the arabic world. And hence they started a process of eradicating everything that was regarded un-islamic, buddhism being one of the worst things they knew. The whole of Thousand and One Nights could be seen as belonging to a program of wiping out every remaining trace of buddhism there still was in the genre of popular stories and folk tales.