Sufi Soul: The Mystical Music Of Islam

NZ TV Premiere: Sufi Soul: The Mystical Music Of Islam

Documentary Channel – Saturday 13 October, 9.00pm

As Muslim extremists dominate the headlines, writer and historian William Dalrymple explores an altogether different side of Islam. Sufi Soul – the Mystic Music of Islam, follows Dalrymple on a personal journey into the mystical and musical side of Islam as he charts the traditions of Sufi music in Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, India and Morocco. For hundreds of millions of Sufi followers worldwide, music is at the heart of their tradition and a way of getting closer to God. From the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey to the Qawwali music of Pakistan, Sufism has produced some of the world’s most spectacular music celebrated by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Dalrymple’s film traces the shared roots of Christianity and Islam in the Middle East and discovers Sufism to be a peaceful, tolerant and pluralistic bulwark against fundamentalism. The film closes in Morocco at the ‘Fes Festival of Sacred Music’ where the ideals of Sufism are extended to embrace faiths worldwide.

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