Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam (2005)

Channel 4

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Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music Of Islam is a ground-breaking & critically acclaimed documentary exploring the different regional practices within Sufism and its myriad styles of music. The film is now available on DVD. Sufi Soul: The Mystic Of Islam was filmed in four different countries, Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco & Syria, and directed by renowned TV documentary maker, music journalist and Songlines editor Simon Broughton. The video features musical performances from Youssou N’Dour, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen and Sain Zahoor. 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 bastion against fundamentalism.



Connecting to the divine through music is a cherished activity for the Sufis, those Muslims who represent the mystical dimension of Islam, as revealed in this spellbinding documentary. The film chronicles the connections between Islam and Christianity, and offers enlightening stories about Turkey's "whirling dervishes" and Pakistan's Qawwali music, as well as footage of Middle Eastern locals performing traditional tunes.

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