Aleppo on the Silk Road in (TIME Magazine)

Here’s my latest on ‘Five Reasons to Visit Aleppo’ in TIME magazine, published 13 December 2010.

Whirling Dervish, Aleppo © Gail Simmons

“Aleppo’s dervishes belong to the mystical Sufi sect of Islam, which originated in Turkey. Dressed in long, flowing skirts and conical hats, and accompanied by chanting and the strains of an oud, or Arabic lute, dervishes use a characteristic whirling dance to enter an altered state and so, they hope, a closer communion with the divine.”
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