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Dhikr (or Zihr) is a islamic devotional act involving the remembrance, the chanting, and repeating of the names of God. Though this often happens in silence, the Sufi tend to have ritualized group ceremonies ranging in style from the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi to the fervid dancing of the Chechen.
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy (15 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Should that be Zikr, rather than Zihr?
posted by bardophile at 11:57 AM on April 8, 2013


And here's the kind you see weekly at one of Lahore's well-known Sufi shrines, the mazaar of Baba Shah Jamal.
posted by bardophile at 12:03 PM on April 8, 2013


repeating of the names of God

Just stop at the 8,999,999,999th one please.
posted by kmz at 12:06 PM on April 8, 2013 [5 favorites]


Also, Howling for God.
posted by nad.eirad at 12:49 PM on April 8, 2013


Boys only, no girls allowed.
posted by charlesminus at 1:03 PM on April 8, 2013


Watched a couple of minutes of the whirling dervishes. There is only so long one can watch dervishes whirl.
posted by leftcoastbob at 1:12 PM on April 8, 2013


Boys only, no girls allowed.

The turning's not for ladies.
posted by zamboni at 1:18 PM on April 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also, Howling for God

Wow, I guess every religion has an equivalent to Christian gospel music. Sufism especially seems to focus on the Ecstatic. Thanks for the post.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:20 PM on April 8, 2013


Boys only, no girls allowed.

Apparently two out of three dervishes would disagree.
posted by P.o.B. at 1:28 PM on April 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


"Boys only, no girls allowed."

Putting this out there. It's from Vengo (Tony Gatliff) so no orthodoxies of any kind involved..
posted by glasseyes at 1:42 PM on April 8, 2013


Boys only, no girls allowed.
posted by charlesminus at 4:03 AM on April 9 [+] [!]


Untrue. There are woman-only dhikr circles, and mixed ones as well.
posted by BinGregory at 5:11 PM on April 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


From SufiLive, the media library of the Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Order:
Khatm al-Khwajagan: Zikr
Hadrah: Zikr with movement
Salawat/Nasheed: Songs of Praise
Salawat performed by a group of women.
posted by BinGregory at 5:26 PM on April 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Watched a couple of minutes of the whirling dervishes. There is only so long one can watch dervishes whirl.

Not me. I've always wanted to see this. A few years ago, The Amazing Race ran through Turkey and featured a clue hidden amoungst some whirling dervishes. If I'd been a contestant, I think that would've been the end of the race right there.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 6:01 AM on April 9, 2013


Really cool post! Thanks for this.
posted by WorkingMyWayHome at 10:11 PM on April 9, 2013


William Dalrymple's new documentary for the BBC, Part 1: Sufi Soul
posted by BinGregory at 11:27 PM on April 12, 2013


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