Dervishes of Kurdistan

Dervishes of Kurdistan

Historical interest

DVD1972 50 Minutes

Religion in the lives of Quadri Dervishes.

The village of Baiveh in Iran is the home of the leader of a group of Kurds who belong to the Quadiri Dervishes, a mystical cult of Islam. The programme examines the part which religion plays in their daily lives and shows the Zikr, the ceremony where the Dervishes, by repetitive chanting, work themselves into an ecstatic trance during which they can endure electric shocks and pass skewers through their flesh without apparently hurting themselves. Part of anthropological documentary series 'Disappearing World'.

This film was made in 1972, so the film and sound quality is not up to modern standards. This should not diminish its impact as a historic document.

This programme can be rented on our Video on Demand system for £2.50 For this you can view as often as you like within a 48 hour period of your own choosing.