dervish

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an ascetic Muslim monk

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But from Buddhists to Baptists, from Jews to the dancing dervishes of Islam, prayer shawls have been a part of tradition for centuries.
Mackintosh-Smith travels both in Ibn Battutah's footsteps and in the footnotes of his text, rooting out memorabilia of the man and his age -- buffalo-milk puddings, fishbone houses, a Crimean minaret, dancing dervishes and the scions of defunct dynasties.
In a city that's supposedly in thrall to the salsa beat, you'd think that a certain percentage of those dancing dervishes would choose to seek out the music's Afro-Cuban roots.
If Rome has its unwashed monks, Cairo has its howling and dancing dervishes, and both seem equally deaf to the dictates of reason" (586-87).