ISSN: 20517068
First published in 2014
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Volume 3 Issue 3
Cover Date: September 2016
World as sacred stage for Sufi ritual: Performance, mobilization and making space with the act of whirling
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Authors:  Esra Cizmeci 
DOI: 10.1386/dmas.3.3.199_1

Keywords
ritual,performance,theatrical event,secular,space,mobilization

Abstract
This article examines the theoretical and applied relationship between Sufism and performance as embodied acts (including theatrical events comprising dance, theatre, music, praying and meditating and everyday life actions of semazens). I focus on how a Sufi devotee artist, Narin dede with his semazens have come to use performance as a medium for the mobilization of Sufi cultural beliefs and values. Performing their ritual movements as theatrical events outside of Sufi lodges, semazens seek to recognize and embrace world as a sacred stage in which every act is devotional and is embodied and practiced to move closer to God. The analysis of the connection between Sufism and performance shows how Sufism is more than a set of religious doctrines designed solely for Sufi devotion. The connection between Sufism and performance opens a lens through which devotees and non-devotees perceive Sufism’s relationship to different cultures, religions and art forms.
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