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Sufism

Sufism, or Islamic mysticism which is considered an unorthodox religious movement, has a long tradition in Iran.

The name probably derives from the Arabic word for wool, suf, which was applied to the early Sufis because of their habit of wearing rough wool as a symbol of their asceticism. The Sufis, or Mystics, seek to find the truth of divine love and knowledge through a direct personal experience of God. In some periods, Sufi leaders, such as the leaders of the Safavid order, were also active politically. Each of the numerous Sufi orders has peculiarities in its ritual.

Sufism has played an important role in the formation of Muslim society. Sufis have been responsible for large-scale missionary activity all over the world, which still continues. Without the Sufi vocabulary, Persian and other literatures related to it would lack their special charms.

Today, the brotherhoods in Iran are regarded suspiciously and generally have a low profile. Modern dervishes are strolling story-tellers, with long disheveled hair, close fitting skull-caps some times in embroidered with verses from the Koran and kashkul, the collection boxes.

 

Refrence(s):

- Beheshti, Oksana (2003). Travel guide to Isfahan, Kashan and more. Iran. Tehran. Rozaneh publication.

 

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