Tanbur player; 2k. Illustration by Ingrid Schaar.The Hafiz; 3K. Illustration by Ingrid Schaar.


The musicians sit on a raised platform opposite the sheikh. The hafiz (one who has memorized the entire Qur’an) chants a prayer to Mevlana and a sura (chapter) from the Qur’an.





 Kudum-bashi; 6K. Illustration by Ingrid Schaar.The Ney Player; 2K. Illustration by Ingrid Schaar.

The sound of the kudum (kettle drums) then breaks the silence. The dervishes, now seated on their knees, listen to the piercing sound of a single ney, the reed flute which plays the peshrev, or musical prelude.





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