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- n. Sufis of an ascetic order whose ritual religious observances involve mystical poetry of Mevlana (Rumi), music, and a whirling dance. Centered in Turkey but widespread internationally.
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Like the Whirling Dervishes who made Sufism famous throughout the world, he worked himself into an ecstatic trance through breath control, physical movement, and repetition of the dikr.