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Whirling Dervishes of Rumi

Whirling Dervishes of Rumi to perform in San Antonio Sept. 23

(Sept. 20, 2004)--Whirling Dervishes of Rumi will perform at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 at Laurie Auditorium on the Trinity University campus.

The whirling dervishes from Turkey will perform their traditional Mevlevi Order Sufi ritual dance or sema in three cities in Texas including San Antonio. This is the second year the group is performing in San Antonio.

The event is sponsored by the Raindrop Foundation, the Institute of Interfaith Dialog and the UTSA Student Association for Islamic Dialog.

The Order of the Whirling Dervishes was founded in the 13th century in what is modern-day Turkey by the world-renowned philosopher and mystical poet Mevlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi, popularly known as "Rumi."

Rumi’s teachings and poetry -- expressing his philosophy of love of all creation, tolerance and peace through worship -- continue to appeal to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster outlets, including the UTSA Ticket Center. Contact Ticketmaster at 210-224-9600.

--Rebecca Luther

University Communications
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