Sufi lifestyle exhibition launched in United States

2015-09-22 12:13:51 | Al Muslim News
Sufi lifestyle exhibition launched in United States
Event features vast collection of antique objects used in Sufi Muslim dervish convents


An exhibition of a vast collection of antique objects used in Sufi Muslim dervish convents has been launched Monday evening at the Turkish American Cultural Center in the state of Maryland, near Washington D.C. 

The “Dervishes and Their Belongings” exhibition, which will last until Oct.21, will feature 300 historical artifacts used in the daily life of dervish convents until 21 Oct.  

Dervishes, or the Whirling Dervishes, are members who follow an ancient Sufi Muslim tradition, which dates back to the 13th century and takes its roots from Sufi mystic Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. Today's Sufism is highly influenced by Turkish customs and culture. 

Hosted by the non-profit The New East Foundation, or NEF, the exhibit introduces 100-year-old calligraphy artwork, talismans, wands and traditional musical instruments in an exhibition room which is designed as a dervish lodge. 

"There is a center, a modernized version of where invocation and circulation is made. You go around [the center] after you see the dervishes' belongings and end up at the contemporary part of the exhibition, which is designed to show the continuation [of life]," the President of the NEF, Atilgan Bayar told Anadolu Agency. 

Seven contemporary works of art by Turkish painter Fatma Zeynep Cilek are also part of the exhibition.

Celik told Anadolu Agency that her contemporary art pieces were inspired by "convent drawing models", and aim to bridge the modern with the mystical world of dervishes. 

"I'm inspired by the letters written on dervish belongings and try to reflect the deep meanings of these letters to my painting in an body_abstract way," Celik said. "The Arabic letters and Ottoman motives are very aesthetic and have deep philosophical meanings."

Alongside several American artists, Turkish diplomats, businessmen and several other art lovers attended the launch of the exhibition.



Tags: #America #

Latest News

What to Next


asd... More


asd... More

5th February Kashmir Solidarity Day

Kashmir Day or Kashmir Solidarity Day is a public holiday in Pakistan on February 5 each year. It focuses on showing Pakistan’s support and unit... More

Israeli army martyrs Palestinian

A young Palestinian was martyred and another injured by the Israeli army near the occupied West Bank town of Jenin on Thursday. Meanwhile, Belgium ... More

HRW report hails resistance to Trump style populism

Activists have decried the rise of United States (US) President Donald Trump and his embrace of populist strongmen as a blow to the global campaign fo... More

52 people killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

Fifty-two people were killed on Thursday when the bus they were travelling on caught fire in Kazakhstan, the central Asian nation’s emergency se... More

British MPs approve landmark Brexit bill

British MPs gave the green light on Wednesday to a landmark Brexit bill after weeks of debate and a damaging government defeat, but the legislation no... More

Ashraf Ghani questions Pakistan anti terror fatwa

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has questioned a recent Pakistani religious ruling declaring suicide bombings un-Islamic. Speaking at a gathering in ... More

South Korea Moon seeks to normalize ties with China in first state visit

South Korean President Moon Jae-In hopes to “normalise” ties with giant neighbour China on his first state visit to the country this week,... More

Netanyahu says recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital makes peace possible

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital "makes peace possible", aft... More