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Text by Oya Ayman, Photography by Murat Düzyol
Women could not whirl in front of an audience to join the Sufi ‘Sema’ Ceremony until about 10 years ago as it was considered a sin; today more than 20 female dervishes whirl with men. The women who come out to whirl in The Galata Sufi Center (Mevlevihane) say that everybody is equal in front of God - against the mentality that tries to keep women out of the social life...