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dervish

(dûr`vĭsh), see fakirfakir
, [Arab.,=poverty], in Islam, usually an initiate in a Sufi order. The title fakir is borne with the understanding that poverty is the need to be in relation to God.
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, 1207–73, great Islamic Persian sage and poet mystic, b. in Balkh. His father, a scholar, was invited by the Seljuk sultan of Rum to settle in Iconium (now Konya), Turkey.
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Dervish

(Darwesh) member of ascetic order; frenzied, whirling dancer. [Muslim Rel.: Parrinder, 75; Jobes, 433]
See: Madness

dervish

a member of any of various Muslim orders of ascetics, some of which (whirling dervishes) are noted for a frenzied, ecstatic, whirling dance
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Shortly after these events, the grand-vizir died, and his post was given to the dervish. But he did not hold it for long, for the Sultan fell a victim to an attack of illness, and as he had no sons, the soldiers and priests declared the dervish heir to the throne, to the great joy of all the people.
One day, when the dervish, who had now become Sultan, was making a royal progress with his court, he perceived the envious man standing in the crowd.
"But it would be quite simple for this holy chief of the dervishes to cure her if he only knew!
The dervishes, who could not imagine what had become of him, were enchanted at his reappearance.
The sun had not long risen before the Sultan, who was anxious to leave nothing undone that might deliver the princess, arrived with a large suite at the gate of the monastery, and was received by the dervishes with profound respect.
He shows us dancers thus attired and enhanced by forms taken from Arabic calligraphy, but it's interesting to compare the costumes in his work with the actual dervish ensemble.
A large quantity of rock is understood to have slid down from the right of the Comes the Dervish and Last Tango slabs from the entire height of the quarry face.
The dervishes were protesting in front of the 102nd Police Station for the release of Nematollah Riahi, a fellow dervish who had been arrested outside the Tehran-based home of the Gonabadi Order's spiritual leader, Nur-Ali Tabandeh.
According to a frequently repeated legend, one year when the harvest in his village was scant, Yunus Emre approached a local dervish lodge of Haci Bektas Veli to solicit food for his starving villagers.
The content of workshop included the story of a wandering dervish Shams Tabriz who arrived in a town where the natives didn't trust strangers.The dervish calmly responds to the harsh attitudes and takes them to the depth of knowing their inner self by following the rules of spirituality and Sufism.
WHIRLING DERVISH should be tough to beat in today's Killarney feature, the K.W.D.