Iranian Security Forces Attack Dervishes Again
Iranian security forces attacked a gathering of dervishes
in the central city of Isfahan on February 19, RFE/RL reports.
The dervishes had gathered next to the tomb of the great dervish poet Naser Ali
when they were attacked.
The attack comes a day after the local authorities
demolished the house of worship of the Gonabadi dervishes
A witness told RFE/RL that security officials used force and tear gas against
the dervishes, a number of whom were injured and several were reportedly
Dervishes are practitioners of Sufi Islam, and traditionally considered by
Muslims as a source of wisdom, medicine, poetry, and enlightenment.
But many conservative Muslims consider them a danger to mainstream Islam.
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