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  • Dervishes to reveal mystical side of Islam

    10/20/2007 8:42:24 PM PDT · by Coleus · 37 replies · 132+ views ^ | October 20, 2007 | JOHN CHADWICK
    A Grand Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Konya, Turkey, last December. The Dervishes say they whirl to achieve a state of communication with God. They take their inspiration from Rumi, a 13th-century mystic poet and Muslim scholar. Photo courtesy of the Interfaith Dialog Center. They spin in place for nearly an hour -- an act of spiritual devotion and a physical marvel that leaves audiences entranced. On Sunday, the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi will bring their mystical, mesmerizing ritual to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The performance, which includes music, chanting and twirling, will give North Jersey...
  • Eye of the Storm: Bianca, Free Akbar Ganji [Must Read]

    12/07/2005 12:00:02 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 19 replies · 3,256+ views
    Iran va Jahan ^ | Wednesday, December 07, 2005 | Amir Taheri
    It all started as a rather pleasant, if not exciting evening. We had heard a speech from British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw once again trying to "explain" the evil of Islamofascim in pseudo-theological, rather than political, terms. But that had been compensated for with a poem from the great mystic poet Roumi recited by Iranian journalist Nazanin Ansari. Apart from the usual contingent of "the great and the good" most of the 800 or so people present were media people and their friends, come to cheer or boo as the Foreign Press Association in London distributed its annual prizes. The...
  • Iran's Sufi beat lures dervishes and uptown girls

    09/20/2005 4:11:07 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 11 replies · 580+ views ^ | Tuesday, September 20, 2005 | REUTERS
    Venerable white-bearded dervishes and high-heeled girls with garish lipstick found rare common ground before dawn on Tuesday, celebrating an Iranian holiday with the mystical chants of the Sufis. Sufi Muslim spirituality is largely tolerated under Iran’s strict Islamic laws, although senior religious figures occasionally call for a clampdown on its rites. Under an almost full moon, several hundred Iranians came to celebrate the birthday of the ‘Mahdi’ at the Zahir-od-dowleh cemetery in northern Tehran, a dervish hub where many writers and artists are buried. The Mahdi is a key figure of Shi’ite Islam, a descendant of the Prophet Mohammad whose...
  • Whirling Dervishes - The Sema enthralls many with dancelike form of meditation

    07/31/2004 5:15:40 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 9 replies · 499+ views
    DeseretNews ^ | 7/31/2004 | Geoffrey Fattah
    ISTANBUL, Turkey — With his right hand open to the heavens and his left directed to the earth, a young Mevlevi Dervish spins to the beat of the drum and melody of a reed flute, his gaze piercing beyond this material world into another realm. In the Sema (whirling dance), Dervishes pick up speed, causing their skirts to whirl as their left feet turn them counterclockwise in meditative rapture. For 830 years, the beauty and mysticism of the "whirling Dervishes" has enthralled many around the world with their dancelike form of meditation. Standing outside the only Dervish lodge left in...
  • New Book Describes Life under Islam

    10/29/2002 10:54:46 PM PST · by tictoc · 36 replies · 897+ views
    Author Web Site ^ | October 2002 | Frederick P. Isaac
    Indigenous Peoples Under the Rule of Islam (c) Frederick P. IsaacExcerpt republished with kind permission of authorPREFACE This book has been in the process of writing for over 10 years. Since I left Iraq in the summer of 1964 and my immigration from Kuwait in 1971, I have closely followed the events that have developed in the Islamic world. Being an Assyrian national, I found that life in Iraq was unbearably difficult due to my indigenous nationality. Nor were my experiences unique, but were instead shared by many other Assyrians from Iraq and other Islamic countries. The injustice of my...