Topic: Mysticism | Sufism

Umm Sameh peforms the music and dance ritual known as "zar", traditionally performed to ward off or exorcise jinn or evil spirits (photo: Khaled DESOUKI/AFP)

Egypt

Ancient 'zar' ritual puts exorcism on stage

Not yet legal in Germany: joint filled with cannabis (photo: Vincent Michel/Le Mensuel de Rennes/picture-alliance)

Cannabis and Islam?

There is no one single answer

Cover photo of Peter Sanders' book "Meeting with Mountains. Encounters with the Saints and Sages of the Islamic World" (published by Inspiral Books)

Saints of Islam

Capturing the light of sages

Author and Islamic Studies expert Navid Kermani (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/S.Simon)

Navid Kermani‘s "Questions about God"

How do we believe?

A street in Cairo with Ramadan lights and lanterns at night (photo: Zuma Wire/imago)

Middle East

Ukraine overshadows Ramadan 2022

Sufi Mysteries Quartet montage, showing the covers of all four books. The final volume, "The Peace", is due to be published in 2022 (source: Laury Silvers)

Laury Silvers' "Sufi Mysteries Quartet"

Sleuths on a Sufi path

Mount Tomorr, in southwest Albania, site of an annual August pilgrimage believed to bring healing and luck. The festival commemorates Abbas ibn Ali, a Muslim saint who died at the 7th century battle of Karbala (photo: Philipp Breu)

Islam and tolerance

Albania's Bektashi Muslims

During "dhikr", Sufis try to get closer to God through musical meditation –  here at the Rabbaniyya Centre on Lake Constance, Germany (photo: Julius Matuschik/islamimbild.de)

Islamic mysticism

A flute like the breath of God

Iranian men exercising in a zurkhaneh, or "house of strength", in Shiraz (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Iran's zurkhaneh bodybuilders

Praying in the house of strength

Whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi order perform during a Sheb-i Arus ceremony in Konya, central Turkey on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Every December the Anatolian city hosts a series of events to commemorate the death of 13th century Islamic scholar, poet and Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi (photo: AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Whirling dervishes honour Rumi

A Hindu girl and Muslim girls take part in an interfaith Prayer for Peace ceremony (photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

Moosa Raza's "In Search of Oneness"

What do the Bhagavad Gita and the Koran have in common?

Scene from the Moinuddin Chishti Sufi shrine complex in Ajmer, northern India (photo: Marian Brehmer)

The alchemy of fasting

Ramadan – a feast for spirit and soul

Bicycle parked along a track on the Sufi Trail (photo: Marian Brehmer)

The Sufi Trail

Anatolia through the eyes of a pilgrim

Qawwali performance at a Sufi festival in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Sufi musik: Qawwali ensemble "Fanna-fi-Allah"

Searching for God's love

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