Mevlevi Order / Whirling Dervishes

Hi everyone, how are you??

You read the last blog ?? i wish yes Tirilye it’s an amazing city and i suggest to go there for one day trip.

Some week ago some friends took me to see the famous turkish dance with the Whirling Dervishes.

But what is the Mevlevi order ??

That’s why i’m here and now we try to discover it together.



The Mevlevi are also known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remembrance of God). Dervish is a common term for an initiate of the Sufi path; the whirling is part of the formal Sama ceremony and the participants are properly known as semazen-s.

The Mevlevi order was founded in 1273 by Rumi’s followers after his death, the Mevlevi believe in performing their dhikr in the form of a “dance” and musical ceremony known as the Sama, which involves the whirling, from which the order acquired its nickname. The Sama represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to the “Perfect”.

The Mevlevi became a well-established Sufi order in the Ottoman Empire by realizing a blood relationship with the Ottoman sultans, many of the members of the order served in various official positions of the Caliphate. The centre for the Mevlevi order was in Konya, where their 13th century guiding spirit, Jelaleddin al-Rumi is buried.

Dervish communities, in the Middle Ages, served a central role in social, religious and political life throughout “central Islamic lands.” Dervish orders were at one time much larger in size than they are today, as the government has taken control over most Dervish monasteries throughout this area. In 1925, Turkey ordered the dissolution of all Sufi fraternities by decree, the Mevlevi managed to survive among small villages throughout the Middle East. In 1954, the Turkish government granted the Mevlevi order a special permission to perform ritual whirling practices for tourists during two weeks each year. Despite strict government control over Dervish practices, the Mevleviyah order continued its existence in Turkey to this day.

While only men have historically been permitted to take part in the ceremony, some communities now allow women to participate.

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