During the 7th century, the Arabs invaded Kurdistan to spread the religion of Islam. Although the Kurds put up a fierce resistance but could not stop the waves of Arab invaders, eventually the majority were converted to Islam. Many of the converted Muslim Kurds, adopted Sufism teachings because it was compatible with the Kurds’ mystical nature. There are now large communities of Kurdish Sufis in Eastern and Southern Kurdistan, they gather regularly to perform their religious ceremony.
In Kurdish we call the Kurdish Sufis Dervishi’s, their ceremony resembles Kurdish folk dances, as they hold hands in a vigorous beat that will have every head in the place swaying to the beautiful sound of Kurdish daff and religious chanting. A Dervishi ceremony practises many rituals, with the primary ritual ordering it’s mystic followers to embrace Dhikr, involving the remembrance and gratitude of Allah with devotional prayers with the physical exertion of dancing, head swaying and whirling.
kurdish peshmergas of eastern kurdistan/
Halabja, South Kurdistan
National Anthem Monologue by Lana Del Rey
“And I remember when I met him, it was so clear that he was the only one for me. We both knew it, right away. And as the years went on, things got more difficult when we were faced with more challenges. I begged him to stay; try to remember what we had in the beginning.
He was charismatic. magnetic. electric. And everybody knew it.
When he walked in, every woman’s head turned. Everyone stood up to talk to him. He was like this hybrid, this mix, of a man who couldn’t contain himself. I always got the sense that he became torn between being a good person and missing out on all of the opportunities that life could offer a man as magnificent as him. And in that way, I, understood him.
And I loved him, I loved him, I loved him, I loved him.
And I still love him. I love him.”