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Sufism: Mystical Islam

Part of With God on Our Side… Religion and War

Learn about the mystical, spiritual practice of Sufism, famously embraced by 13th-century poet Rumi.

Sufism is the mystical strand of Islam, in which Muslims seek truth and enlightenment through direct personal experience of God. One of its most famous disciples was 13th-century poet Rumi, many of whose verses celebrate the harmony between spirituality and nature.

With a variety of orders today, each with their own distinctive traditions, Sufism is often a joyful and vigorous celebration of being alive, embodied by the dance of Sufi whirling. What does this mystical side of Islam tell us about the faith, and the path to greater understanding of the relationship between belief and nature?

Dates & times

16 Dec 2017
Approximate run time: 60 mins
  • 1:00 pm


Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall


Included in Pass

need to know

This event is included in the Saturday Pass, and is part of Rituals and Seasons: Religion and Our Natural Life.

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