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Dervish vs. Sufi — What's the Difference?

Dervish vs. Sufi — What's the Difference?

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Dervish

Dervish or Darvesh or Darwīsh (from Persian: درویش‎, Darvīsh) in Islam can refer broadly to members of a Sufi fraternity (tariqah), or more narrowly to a religious mendicant, who chose or accepted material poverty. The latter usage is found particularly in Persian and Turkish (Derviş), corresponding to the Arabic term faqir.
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Sufi

A Muslim mystic.
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Dervish

A member of a Muslim (specifically Sufi) religious order who has taken vows of poverty and austerity. Dervishes first appeared in the 12th century; they were noted for their wild or ecstatic rituals and were known as dancing, whirling, or howling dervishes according to the practice of their order.
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Sufi

Of or relating to the Sufis.
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Dervish

A member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion.
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Sufi

A title or surname of the king of Persia.
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Dervish

One that possesses abundant, often frenzied energy
"[She] is a dervish of unfocused energy, an accident about to happen" (Jane Gross).
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Sufi

One of a certain order of religious men in Persia.
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Dervish

(Islam) An itinerant Sufi mystic practicing voluntary poverty in devotion to God, and often engaging in ecstatic rituals.
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Sufi

A Muslim who represents the mystical dimension of Islam; a Muslim who seeks direct experience of Allah; mainly in Iran
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Dervish

(historical) A citizen or inhabitant of Darawiish (circa 1895–1920 {{C.E.}}), an anti-colonial polity in modern Somalia headed by Sufis.
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Sufi

Of or relating to the Sufis or to Sufism
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Dervish

(historical) One of the followers of Muhammad Ahmad, the Mahdi of the Sudan, in the 1880s.
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Dervish

(by extension) Any irregular guerrilla fighter resembling the Sudanese Mahdi in equipment, uniform, tactics, etc.
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Dervish

A Turkish or Persian monk, especially one who professes extreme poverty and leads an austere life.
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Dervish

One of the fanatical followers of the Mahdi, in the Sudan, in the 1880's.
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Dervish

In modern times, a member of an ascetic Mohammedan sect notable for its devotional exercises, which include energetic chanting or shouting and rhythmic bodily movement, such as whirling, leading to a trance-like state or ecstasy. From these exercises the phrase whirling dervish is derived.
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Dervish

Figuratively, a person who whirls or engages in frenzied activity reminiscent of the dervish{3} dancing.
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Dervish

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