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The Mevlevi Order or the Mevleviye are a Sufi order founded by the followers of the Persian Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi in 1273 in Konya present day Turkey; also known as The Whirling Dervishes' due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remeberence of Allah)dervishes are members of Sufi ascetic religious Tarika or "confraternities", known for their extreme poverty and austerity.) Sufism (Arabic تصوف taṣawwuf) is a system of esoteric philosophy commonly associated with Islam. ... Persia or Persian most often refer to: Persia The Persians, an ethnic group, also called Tajiks Persian language Persian (Pokémon) See also Iranian, Iranian peoples, Iranian languages and Aryan. ... Rumi Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi or Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi (also known as Mawlawi or Mawlana, meaning our guide or our lord in Arabic and Farsi, or Mevlana meaning our guide in Turkish) (September 30, 1207 - December 17, 1273 CE) was Muslim jurist, theologian, poet and Sufi mystic... Events St. ... Konya (also Koniah, Konieh, Konia, and Qunia; historically known as Iconium) is a city in Turkey, on the central plateau of Anatolia. ... The practice of Sufi whirling, a whirling meditation, originated among the ancient Indian mystics and Turkish Sufis (and is still practiced by the dervishes of the Mevlevi order. ... Arabic. ... The word Dervish, especially in European languages, refers to members of Sufi Muslim ascetic religious fraternities, known for their extreme poverty and austerity, similar to mendicant friars. ... This article is in need of attention. ... The Arabic word tarika or Tariqa: طريقه (pl. ...

Whirling Dervishes perform near the Mevlevi Museum in Konya, Turkey.

The Mevlevi, or Mevleviye, one of the most well-known of the Sufi orders, was founded in 1273 by Rumi's followers after his death, particularly his son, Sultan Veled Celebi. The Mevlevi, or "The Whirling Dervishes", believe in performing their dhirk in the form of a 'dance' and music ceremony called sema. Download high resolution version (1200x900, 127 KB)Whirling Dervishes performing near Mevlana in Konya, Turkey by Randy Oostdyk File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (1200x900, 127 KB)Whirling Dervishes performing near Mevlana in Konya, Turkey by Randy Oostdyk File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Sufism (Arabic تصوف taṣawwuf) is a system of esoteric philosophy commonly associated with Islam. ... Sema is a term that means remembering in Arabic and Persian. ...


Sema represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through mind and love to "Perfect." Turning towards the truth, the follower grows through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrives to the "Perfect." He then returns from this spiritual journey as a man who has reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole of creation.


The Mevlevi were a well established Sufi Order in the Ottoman Empire, and many of the members of the order served in various official positions of the Caliphate. The centre for the Mevlevi order was in Konya, in Turkey, where Rumi is buried. There is also a Mevlevi monastery or dergah in Istanbul, near the Galata Tower, where the sema ceremony is performed and accessible to the public. The Ottoman Empire at the height of its power Imperial motto El Muzaffer Daima The Ever Victorious (as written in tugra) Official language Ottoman Turkish Capital İstanbul (Constantinople/Asitane/Konstantiniyye ) Sovereigns Sultans of the Osmanli Dynasty Population ca 40 million Area 6. ... Konya (also Koniah, Konieh, Konia, and Qunia; historically known as Iconium) is a city in Turkey, on the central plateau of Anatolia. ... ... This article is about the city. ... the Galata Tower The Galata Tower is located in Istanbul in Turkey to the north of the Golden Horn. ...


During Ottoman times the Mevlevi order produced a number of famous poets and musicians such as Sheikh Ghalib, Ismail Ankaravi (both buried at the Galata Mevlevi-Hane) and Abdullah Sari. Music especially the ney (a reed flute like instrument) played an important part in the Mevelevi order and thus much of the traditional 'oriental' music that Westerners associate with Turkey originates with the Mevlevi order. Indeed of one buys a cd of Turkish Sufi music chances are it will be Mevlevi religious music. The Ottoman Empire at the height of its power Imperial motto El Muzaffer Daima The Ever Victorious (as written in tugra) Official language Ottoman Turkish Capital İstanbul ( Constantinople/Asitane/Konstantiniyye ) Sovereigns Sultans of the Osmanli Dynasty Population ca 40 million Area 12+ million km² Establishment 1299 Dissolution October 29, 1923... Sufism (Arabic تصوف taṣawwuf) is a system of esoteric philosophy commonly associated with Islam. ...


The Mevlevi order during the Ottoman period spread into the Balkans Syria and Egypt (and is still practiced in both countries where they are known as the Mawlawi order) The Ottoman Empire at the height of its power Imperial motto El Muzaffer Daima The Ever Victorious (as written in tugra) Official language Ottoman Turkish Capital İstanbul ( Constantinople/Asitane/Konstantiniyye ) Sovereigns Sultans of the Osmanli Dynasty Population ca 40 million Area 12+ million km² Establishment 1299 Dissolution October 29, 1923... The Balkans is the historic and geographic name used to describe southeastern Europe (see the Definitions and boundaries section below). ...


The Bosnian writer Mesa Selimovic wrote the book 'Death and the dervish' about a Mevlevi dergah in Sarejevo


The Mevlevi Order is also linked to other Dervish orders such as the Qadiri (founded in 1165), the Rifa'i (founded in 1182) and the Kalenderis. Qadiriyyah, one of the oldest Sufi tariqa, derives its name from Abd al-Qadir al-Djilani (1077-1166), a native of the Iranian province of Gilan. ... The Rifai are a Sufi order most commonly found in the Arab Middle East but also in Turkey and the Balkans. ...


The Mevlevi Order was outlawed in Turkey at the dawn of the secular revolution by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923. In the 1950s, the Turkish government, realizing that The Whirling Dervishes had value as a tourist attraction, began allowing the Whirling Dervishes to perform annually in Konya on the Urs of Mevlana, December 17, the anniversary of Rumi's death. In 1974, they were allowed to come to the West. They performed in France, for the Pope, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and other venues in the US and Canada under the direction of the late Mevlevi Shaikh Suleyman Hayati Dede. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881—November 10, 1938), Turkish soldier and statesman, was the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. ... The Pope is the Catholic Bishop and patriarch of Rome, and head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches. ... Brooklyn Academy of Music ( pronounced BAM! in Emerilese) is located in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, at 30 Lafayette Avenue near the Flatbush Avenue Station of the Long Island Rail Road and the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, the tallest building in Brooklyn. ... Wikiquote has quotations relating to: United States Wikinews has news related to this article: United States United States government Official website of the United States government - Gateway to governmental sites White House - Official site of the US President Senate. ...



See also: Sufi whirling The practice of Sufi whirling, a whirling meditation, originated among the ancient Indian mystics and Turkish Sufis (and is still practiced by the dervishes of the Mevlevi order. ...


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