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Sufi Music

Texas Musicians Bring To Life A 14th-Century Tradition Of Islamic Mysticism

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion

Interfaith awareness is at the heart of Texas-based music ensemble Riyaaz Qawwali, which has a story that starts roughly 700 years ago in a shrine in ...

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

The Social Life of Music -- in Mali

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Paul Stoller

When Islamic militants took over large swaths of northern Mali they forced the local inhabitants, who tend to follow moderate Sufi approaches to Islam, to accept a reactionary Taliban version of The Prophet's religion.

A Taste of the Førde Festival, the Musicians of the Nile (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 09.22.2012 | Home
Michal Shapiro

The festival has already garnered itself an excellent reputation amongst world music aficionados, but should be on the agenda of anyone who enjoys travel and adventurous music.

Sufi Pop Rocks the Asia Society (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 07.19.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Arif Lohar brought his electrified Sufi music to the Asia Society and pretty much tore the place apart. Lohar wooed the audience, and the audience responded in spades.

Mourning A Beloved Iranian Sufi Singer, 10 Years Later

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 01.30.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

His Sufi passion and his music remain alive among the initiated. Soon, perhaps, Seyed Khalil Alinejad will become known throughout the world, as he and his legacy deserve.