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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Dance of the Dervishes

I've been told the whirling dervishes are "absolutely beautiful". Having scoured the Internet for over an hour searching in vain for online video downloads of the dervishes, all I can say with certainty is that they are purposefully whirling away from me! Unfortunately, this only makes me even more determined to catch sight of them.

I've seen articles and photos and sounds, but they don't do justice to the practice. I need to see movement. And prolonged movement, not 3 second teaser clips that simply serve to frustrate. If anyone has any contacts or links to offer, please feel free to either post them here or email me. And now, back to searching...


  • At 2/27/2005 11:05:00 a.m., Blogger kaleidomuslima said…

    salaam, i found this right away! i don't know where you were searching, but i went to yahoo video and typed in dervish and got this right off the bat!. enjoy the 30 seconds:video

  • At 2/27/2005 11:27:00 a.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Thanks! I really appreciate it. I'm finding it hard to swallow the suggestion that yahoo's better than google though!

  • At 2/27/2005 08:36:00 p.m., Blogger dawud al-gharib said…


    looking up 'diyanet vakfi' (a religious institution, not the Turkish government-run one - they had some videos of whirling)

    in general, the Mevlevi tariqat ('path') isn't allowed to operate as a spiritual order since Ataturk shut the zawiyas and took control of the religious institutions nearly 80 years ago - but whirling is still done as a 'cultural' activity.

    What is known is that Rumi started to whirl after his teacher, Shamsuddin ul-Tabrizi, passed.

    The film 'Baraka' has some excellent clips of whirling (and many other ceremonies and rituals from different world religions), shot in the 'turbe' in Konya, Turkey.

  • At 3/05/2005 05:32:00 p.m., Blogger dawud al-gharib said…

    selam aleykum,

    three webpages of interest (to you and those interested in 'whirling dervishes'):
    (some people who still whirl, 'religiously', today)
    (poetry translated by a persian/Ottoman scholar, who maintains, along with the majority of scholars, that Mawlana Rumi (rahimuLlah) was a doctrinally sound Hanafi faqih and 'practicing muslim' (in todays language), not the 'goofy sufi/hippy' that he's painted as by some) (some muslims who are carrying on in his tradition)

    (okay now i've really sold myself as on one side of the 'sufi/salafi' split in the muslim community ;) - it's not too cold, is it?

  • At 3/10/2005 04:06:00 a.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    I think most people who know you would have no doubt as to where you stand, Dawud. Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.


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