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“Sufi Hymn”

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Sufi Hymn

Like silk and spices, Muslim spirituality traveled across Asia, carried by Sufis and itinerant dervishes. Under the Ottomans, Istanbul became a meeting place of Sufis traveling from east to west. In Turkish, spiritual songs like this one are called ilahi, and can be performed alone or, as in this case, within a zikr. (During, Levin 2001)

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