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Sufi Collection

Sufi, a mystical path of love and devotion that transcends boundaries and unites souls

Background imageSufi Collection: Nasreddin - Seljuq satirist

Nasreddin - Seljuq satirist
Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Mullah Nasreddin Hooja or Mullah Nasruddin (1208-1284) was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskisehir Province, Turkey

Background imageSufi Collection: The Dance of Dervishes, c1870. Artist: W Forrest

The Dance of Dervishes, c1870. Artist: W Forrest
The Dance of Dervishes, c1870. Whirling dance and practice of the Mevlevi Order in Turkey

Background imageSufi Collection: The Mevlevi, (Whirling Dervishes) performing the Sufi dance, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

The Mevlevi, (Whirling Dervishes) performing the Sufi dance, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Background imageSufi Collection: Whirling Dervishes

Whirling Dervishes, Sufis dancing, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Background imageSufi Collection: Whirling dervishes

Whirling dervishes, Istanbul, Marmara province, Turkey, Europe

Background imageSufi Collection: Abd El Kader, Algerian leader

Abd El Kader, Algerian leader
Abd El Kader (Abd al-Qadir, El Amir Abdelkader), Algerian Islamic scholar, Sufi, political and military leader who led a resistance to French occupation in the mid-nineteenth century

Background imageSufi Collection: Taken at the Royal Albert Hall

Taken at the Royal Albert Hall, London, the Whirling Dervishes of Konya, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageSufi Collection: The Tomb of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Auliya

The Tomb of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Auliya
Nizamuddin Dargah complex, in Nizamuddin West, Delhi, India. The Well near the Tomb of Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya (or Awliya) (12381325) - also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin

Background imageSufi Collection: The Tomb of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Auliya

The Tomb of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Auliya
Nizamuddin Dargah complex, in Nizamuddin West, Delhi, India. The Well near the Tomb of Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya (or Awliya) (12381325) - also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin

Background imageSufi Collection: Wandering Uzbek Dervishes from Samarkand

Wandering Uzbek Dervishes from Samarkand. Dervish or Darvesh in Persian usually refers to a person who is a seeker of the truth i.e. universal truth

Background imageSufi Collection: Bukhara Dervish from Uzbekistan

Bukhara Dervish from Uzbekistan. Dervish or Darvesh in Persian usually refers to a person who is a seeker of the truth i.e. universal truth

Background imageSufi Collection: Dancing Dervishes, Folio from a Divan of Hafiz, ca. 1480. Creator: Bihzad

Dancing Dervishes, Folio from a Divan of Hafiz, ca. 1480. Creator: Bihzad
Dancing Dervishes, Folio from a Divan of Hafiz, ca. 1480

Background imageSufi Collection: Whirling Dervishes at the Dervishes Festival, Konya, Central Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Whirling Dervishes at the Dervishes Festival, Konya, Central Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageSufi Collection: Persian Dervish - Paris Exhibition

Persian Dervish - Paris Exhibition
Persian Dervish at the Paris Exposition in 1900. Dervish or Darvesh in Persian usually refers to a person who is a seeker of the truth i.e. universal truth

Background imageSufi Collection: The Mevlevi, (Whirling Dervishes) performing the Sema (ceremony), Istanbul

The Mevlevi, (Whirling Dervishes) performing the Sema (ceremony), Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Background imageSufi Collection: Lady pilgrim in blue burqa sitting in doorway at Sufi shrine of Gazargah

Lady pilgrim in blue burqa sitting in doorway at Sufi shrine of Gazargah, Herat, Herat Province, Afghanistan, Asia

Background imageSufi Collection: Pilgrims in the hallway, Sufi shrine of Gazargah, Herat, Herat Province

Pilgrims in the hallway, Sufi shrine of Gazargah, Herat, Herat Province, Afghanistan, Asia

Background imageSufi Collection: Ms E-14 Mystical conversation between Sufic sheikhs (gouache on paper)

Ms E-14 Mystical conversation between Sufic sheikhs (gouache on paper)
XIR155439 Ms E-14 Mystical conversation between Sufic sheikhs (gouache on paper) by Indian School, (17th century); Institute of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg, Russia; Indian, out of copyright

Background imageSufi Collection: Timurid decoration, main Iwan of the interior courtyard, Sufi shrine of Gazargah

Timurid decoration, main Iwan of the interior courtyard, Sufi shrine of Gazargah, Herat, Herat Province, Afghanistan, Asia

Background imageSufi Collection: The Mystic

The Mystic
Trevor Cole

Background imageSufi Collection: Begging Dervish in a Sheepskin Mantle, Second quarter of 17th century. Creator: Unknown

Begging Dervish in a Sheepskin Mantle, Second quarter of 17th century. Creator: Unknown
Begging Dervish in a Sheepskin Mantle, Second quarter of 17th century

Background imageSufi Collection: The Tombs of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin and Jahanara Begum

The Tombs of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin and Jahanara Begum
Nizamuddin Dargah complex, in Nizamuddin West, Delhi, India. The Tomb of Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya (or Awliya) (12381325) and Jahanara Begum (16141681), daughter of the Emperor Shah Jahan

Background imageSufi Collection: Tombs of Nizamuddin Aulia, Delhi, India (b/w photo)

Tombs of Nizamuddin Aulia, Delhi, India (b/w photo)
2598040 Tombs of Nizamuddin Aulia, Delhi, India (b/w photo) by Indian photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sultan-ul-Mashaikh, Mehboob-e-Ilahi)

Background imageSufi Collection: Saint Kabir, Shree Ram Mandir, Maharashtra (oil on panel)

Saint Kabir, Shree Ram Mandir, Maharashtra (oil on panel)
1764425 Saint Kabir, Shree Ram Mandir, Maharashtra (oil on panel) by Indian School; (add.info.: Kabīr (also Kabīra) (c. 1440 - c)

Background imageSufi Collection: Dancing Dervishes, Folio from the Shah Jahan Album, recto: ca. 1610; verso: ca. 1530-50

Dancing Dervishes, Folio from the Shah Jahan Album, recto: ca. 1610; verso: ca. 1530-50

Background imageSufi Collection: Sufi, Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Rajasthan, India, Asia

Sufi, Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Rajasthan, India, Asia

Background imageSufi Collection: Dervish Band

Dervish Band
A dervish musical band circa 1900. (Photo by P. L. Sperr/Getty Images)

Background imageSufi Collection: A Sleeping Dervish, 1650

A Sleeping Dervish, 1650. Found in the Collection of State Oriental Art Museum, Moscow

Background imageSufi Collection: Tower tomb, 1281, Radkan, Khorasan Razavi Province, Iran

Tower tomb, 1281, Radkan, Khorasan Razavi Province, Iran

Background imageSufi Collection: Iran, Southeastern Iran, Mahan, Aramgah-e Shah Nematollah Vali, mausoleum of Sufi

Iran, Southeastern Iran, Mahan, Aramgah-e Shah Nematollah Vali, mausoleum of Sufi dervish Shah Nematollah Vali, 15th century, exterior

Background imageSufi Collection: Iranian Wandering Dervish

Iranian Wandering Dervish. Dervish or Darvesh in Persian usually refers to a person who is a seeker of the truth i.e. universal truth

Background imageSufi Collection: Tomb of Sheikh Maruf Karkhi, Baghdad, Iraq

Tomb of Sheikh Maruf Karkhi, Baghdad, Iraq
Tomb of Sheikh Maruf Karkhi (Abu Mahfuz Maruf Ibn Firuz al-Karkhi, c.750/760-c.815-820), in the Moslem Cemetery, Baghdad, Iraq. Date: circa 1920

Background imageSufi Collection: Sufi dancing

Sufi dancing
Rubby Adhisuria

Background imageSufi Collection: View of the Mausoleum of Mohammed Ghose, Gwalior, c1891. Creator: James Grant

View of the Mausoleum of Mohammed Ghose, Gwalior, c1891. Creator: James Grant
View of the Mausoleum of Mohammed Ghose, Gwalior, c1891. From " Cassells Illustrated History of India Vol. I.", by James Grant. [Cassell Petter & Galpin, London, Paris and New York]

Background imageSufi Collection: Dervise or Dervish dancing

Dervise or Dervish dancing
6339761 Dervise or Dervish dancing by Dalvimart, Octavian (18th century) (after); (add.info.: Dervise or Dervish dancing. Sufi Dervish of the Mevlevi or Mewlewy order performing the whirling dance)

Background imageSufi Collection: Amir Khusrau Dedicates His Poem to Sultan Ala al-Din Khalji, page from

Amir Khusrau Dedicates His Poem to Sultan Ala al-Din Khalji, page from the Quintet (Khamsa) of Amir Khusraw Dehlavi, Delhi Sultanate period (1206-1526) mid-15th century

Background imageSufi Collection: Dervich, des Indes, 1714-15. Creator: Unknown

Dervich, des Indes, 1714-15. Creator: Unknown
Dervich, des Indes, 1714-15

Background imageSufi Collection: Shaykh Sanan and the Christian Maiden (oil on canvas)

Shaykh Sanan and the Christian Maiden (oil on canvas)
3588510 Shaykh Sanan and the Christian Maiden (oil on canvas) by Qajar School (19th century); 64.1 wide cm; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

Background imageSufi Collection: Shah Jahan enthroned with Mahabat Khan and a Shaykh, from the late Shah Jahan Album

Shah Jahan enthroned with Mahabat Khan and a Shaykh, from the late Shah Jahan Album
3741812 Shah Jahan enthroned with Mahabat Khan and a Shaykh, from the late Shah Jahan Album, detached manuscript folio, 1629-1630 (opaque watercolour)

Background imageSufi Collection: Nasreddin Hodja riding his horse backwards (watercolour on paper)

Nasreddin Hodja riding his horse backwards (watercolour on paper)
5892853 Nasreddin Hodja riding his horse backwards (watercolour on paper) by Turkish School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Nasreddin was a Seljuq satirist)

Background imageSufi Collection: Portrait of Emir Abd-el-Kader, 1852

Portrait of Emir Abd-el-Kader, 1852
1744761 Portrait of Emir Abd-el-Kader, 1852 by David, Maxime (1798-1870); 26.5x11.5 cm; Chateau de Versailles, France; (add.info)

Background imageSufi Collection: Detail from A Dervish, Seated in Contemplation, c. 1650 (opaque w / c & gold on paper)

Detail from A Dervish, Seated in Contemplation, c. 1650 (opaque w / c & gold on paper)
874402 Detail from A Dervish, Seated in Contemplation, c.1650 (opaque w/c & gold on paper) by Indian School, (17th century); 16.4 x12 cm; San Diego Museum of Art

Background imageSufi Collection: The qualities of the dervish, c. 1610 (opaque w / c, ink & gold on paper)

The qualities of the dervish, c. 1610 (opaque w / c, ink & gold on paper)
874310 The qualities of the dervish, c.1610 (opaque w/c, ink & gold on paper) by Indian School, (17th century); 27 x16.7 cm; San Diego Museum of Art

Background imageSufi Collection: Raja Bikram and the Angels, illustration from the Gulsham-i-Ishq, c

Raja Bikram and the Angels, illustration from the Gulsham-i-Ishq, c
623410 Raja Bikram and the Angels, illustration from the Gulsham-i-Ishq, c.1700 (w/c with gold on paper) by Nusrati of Bijapur (fl.1700); 38.7x22.5 cm; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN

Background imageSufi Collection: A fakir (chromolitho)

A fakir (chromolitho)
2782687 A fakir (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A fakir. Liebig card, published in late 19th or early 20th century)

Background imageSufi Collection: Crocodiles at Sufi shrine of Manghopir, near Karachi, Pakistan, c. 1890 s

Crocodiles at Sufi shrine of Manghopir, near Karachi, Pakistan, c. 1890 s
Crocodiles at Sufi shrine of Manghopir, near Karachi, Pakistan, c.1890 s

Background imageSufi Collection: Detail inside the Bayan-Quli Khan tomb, Bukhara, 1905-1915 (photo)

Detail inside the Bayan-Quli Khan tomb, Bukhara, 1905-1915 (photo)
1273950 Detail inside the Bayan-Quli Khan tomb, Bukhara, 1905-1915 (photo) by Prokudin-Gorsky, Sergey (1863-1944); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSufi Collection: Dance of the whirling Dervishes

Dance of the whirling Dervishes of Mawlawi Tawagozi. Sufi Dervishes in tall hats dance in a circle to accompaniment by musicians on drums, psaltery and sistrum. Ballo dei Dervisch Mewlewi



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Sufi, a mystical path of love and devotion that transcends boundaries and unites souls. Nasreddin, the witty Seljuq satirist, used humor to convey profound truths about life. The Dance of Dervishes, captured in an exquisite painting by W Forrest in 1870, showcases the mesmerizing beauty of this Sufi ritual. In Istanbul, Turkey, Europe, the Mevlevi order performs the enchanting Sufi dance known as Whirling Dervishes. Their graceful movements symbolize spiritual ascent and union with God. Abd El Kader, an Algerian leader deeply influenced by Sufism's teachings on compassion and tolerance. At the Haji Bektash Veli Museum in Nevsehir Turkey, a captivating detail transports us into the world of Sufism's rich heritage. This sacred place holds stories of wisdom passed down through generations. The Royal Albert Hall witnessed a remarkable performance by Whirling Dervishes who captivated hearts with their spinning ecstasy. Their whirling motions represent a divine journey towards enlightenment. Visiting The Tomb Saint Nizamuddin Auliya evokes reverence for his teachings on universal love and unity among all beings. His resting place is adorned with prayers from devotees seeking solace and guidance. From Samarkand to Bukhara in Uzbekistan wander mystic dervishes spreading peace through their nomadic existence. These wandering souls embody simplicity and detachment from worldly desires. Sufism embraces diversity while fostering harmony among different cultures and faiths worldwide. It serves as a reminder that true spirituality lies beyond religious dogmas or geographical boundaries – it resides within each individual's heart.