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The background, beliefs and practices of some Sufi Muslims, the Mawlawi,or Whirling Dervishes. Presenter Reverend Peter Owen-Jones visits Aleppo to observe a Sufi celebration. He gives a brief background to Sufism and comments on the contrast between the fame of the Whirling Dervishes and the reality of how they are regarded with suspicion by some Muslim authorities. The presenter observes some worshippers whirling and one of them explains the spirituality that he feels.
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16 January 2009

Classroom Ideas

Older students examining religious experience could use this alongside other forms of meditation from other religions and consider the benefits worshipers derive from such experiences. They could investigate the history of Sufism and reflect on its status within the wider Islamic community.