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  • n. Plural form of dervish.


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  • But as reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Sept. 7, the Iranian clerical establishment has increased a repressive campaign against the Nimatullahi-Gonabadi mystics -- more commonly referred to as "dervishes" -- who make up one of the largest Sufi groups in the country.

    Stephen Schwartz: Iranian Sufis Under New Attack

  • December 18, 2006 snow whirls in dervishes icy nettles sting my cheeks angry wind whips my hair fire roars in blazes ahhh …. mother nature provided no inspiration on the subject of storms - it was a mild, sunny day graced with a cloudless blue sky~ but i’ve been caught out in a snowstorm or two, and i remember the frozen results only too well~

    2006 December « Becca’s Byline

  • Most people are familiar with the Sufi whirling dervishes, which is actually a form of active meditation.

    The Sacred Promise

  • Placing an emphasis on spirituality over religious protocol, the men who came to be called dervishes developed a pantheon of saints, challenging Islam's strict monotheism.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • I like the image of the snow whirling in dervishes. by

    One Deep Breath-Storm

  • All he could see in the dervishes was their tufted beards, and their palms-up religion of beggary.

    Memorials of the Faithful

  • The dancers, now wild with excitement . . . leap frantically about like howling dervishes, clasp their partners in their arms, and at length conclude the dance in hot confusion and disorder.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • One Through Love is truly "a gathering of lovers," since it presents an international gathering of Rumi "lovers" -- scholars, musicians, dervishes and other sufi practitioners from Turkey, Iran, Europe and the US.

    Stephen Olsson: One Through Love: Jalaluddin Rumi and A Gathering Of Lovers

  • At its best, his work is transformative, expressing a range of different emotions and suggesting everything from whirling dervishes and sea creatures to Indian headdresses.

    Crushed and Brushed

  • In the Ark citadel, there is a museum devoted to the city's history as regional power, with historic photos and artifacts, such as gorgeous robes used by the mystical whirling dervishes.

    Scott S. Smith: Art and Architecture of the Silk Road


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