Though HPB is generally linked with the east in most of our minds, i have always thought it interesting that she disappeared into Turkey and resurfaced in Egypt. In the between, i believe she was said to be living in Lebanon, amongst some of the Druze. The Druze also get one mention in the Mahatma letters, in which KH refers to being invited by his “Druze brethren” to assist in emergency in Egypt. I sometimes wonder if there is not more of a link to Islamic thought and culture to the TS than one hears about.
Here is a contemporary that I think is pretty dang amazing.