Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Sufi Whirling Dervishes

Clip: 01/11/2013 | 2m 9s

Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, is associated with the dancing of whirling dervishes. They dance in a traditional form of Sufi worship, a continuous twirling with one hand pointed upward. Manjula Kumar, a program manager at the Smithsonian Institution, explains how the dancing of these whirling dervishes from Turkey serves as “a spiritual offering.”

Aired: 01/11/13

Rating: NR

Watch Episode

Problems Playing Video?