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RUMI AND THE WHIRLING DERVISHES
by Shems Friedlander
 



Classification: religion, sufism, Rumi
Size: 276 x 195 mm
Pages: 168
Binding: paper, 4-colour cover
ISBN: 1-901383-08-3
Price:£16.95
Publication date: September 2003

 

This account of the Sufi order of Mevlevi dervishes and its founder, the poet and mystic Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, presents the esoteric wisdom of the Sufis as it has been handed down from the great teachers of the past. In addition to Rumi's life story, accounts of dervishes past and present are included. Featured are excerpts from Rumi's poetry, teachings of other Sufi masters, descriptions of the dervish lodges and the symbolism of the dervish ceremony, and an overview of the music that accompanies the Mevlevis' sacred dance. Fully illustrated with evocative pictures of dervishes in traditional
dress this book provides a glimpse of ceremonies rarely seen by the public.

"Shems Friedlander must be congratulated on composing a book which
reflects the authentic Mevlevi tradition and emphasises the concrete
practices and spiritual attitudes of the Order. He has made it
possible for the general public to understand better the spiritual
ambience and especially the sama or spiritual concert and sacred
dance which provided the immediate context for the composition of
much of Rumi's poetry, a poetry which because of the depth of its
meaning is also of the greatest universal import today."
- Seyyed Hossein Nasr

 

 
 

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