If you are interested in knowing more about Sufism and the Whirling Dervishes we recommend that you contact Les Arts Turc, a cultural tour company based near Aya Sofia in Istanbul. They arranged for us to visit a private Sufi meeting one evening which was an extraordinary experience and we felt very privileged. Our visit commenced with a fascinating history lesson from one of the older members, whose personal charm and deep involvement in his faith was wonderful. Then a group of younger male members of the Sufi group allowed us to witness their moving into a trance and movements as whirling dervishes. It was an astounding experience. Older members then moved into their own trance and chanting sessions. By the end of the evening we felt suitably immersed in and fascinated by Sufism without being subjected to a "tourist" version that is available elsewhere in Istanbul.
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