Dervish

A dervish or darvesh (from Persian درویش, Darvīsh via Turkish, Daraawiish, درويش, Darwīš) is someone treading a Sufi Muslim ascetic path or `Tariqah`, known for their extreme poverty and austerity. In this respect, dervishes are most similar to mendicant friars in Christianity or Hindu/Buddhist/Jain sadhus. ==Etymology== The Persian.....
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dervish

[n] - an ascetic Muslim monk
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Dervish

• (n.) Alt. of Dervis • (n.) One of the fanatical followers of the Mahdi, in the Sudan.
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dervish

noun an ascetic Muslim monk; a member of an order noted for devotional exercises involving bodily movements
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dervish

Click images to enlargeIn Iran and Turkey, a religious mendicant; throughout the rest of Islam a member of an Islamic religious brotherhood, not necessarily mendicant in character. The Arabic equivalent is fakir. There are various orders of dervishes, each with its rule and special ritual. The `whirling dervishes...
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Dervish

Der'vish noun One of the fanatical followers of the Mahdi, in the Sudan.
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Dervish

A Dervish, or Diverse, is a Mulsim devotee, distinguished by austerity of life and the observance of strict forms. There are many different orders of them. Some live in monasteries, others lead an itinerant life, others devote themselves to menial or arduous occupations. They are respected by the common people, and the mendicants among them carry a...
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dervish

any member of a f (Muslim mystic) fraternity, or tariqa. Within the f fraternities, which were first organized in the 12th century, an established ... [5 related articles]
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dervish

dervish (dûr'vish) , see fakir; Rumi, Jalal ad-Din.
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dervish

In Iran and Turkey, a religious mendicant; throughout the rest of Islam a member of an Islamic religious brotherhood, not necessarily mendicant in character. The Arabic equivalent is fakir. There...
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