This week, we explore the mystical world of Sufism and its followers in Israel, Palestine and the wider Middle East. Sufism – a particularly spiritual dimension of Islam – has a small but a significant following here.
- We travel to Old City Jerusalem to meet the followers of an Afghani Sufi group.
- Prof Itzchak Weismann from the University of Haifa talks us through the history of Sufis in the Holy Land and explains their situation in the present day.
- We then hear from Ora Balha, a dancer and a teacher who performs the Whirling of the Dervish dance in Jaffa
- We talk to Zeev Ben Ari, an expert on Sufism, a writer and a tour guide – and a whirling dervish himself.
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