Sufism: Peace, Love, and Poetry in the Islamic world

SUFISM, or Islamic Mysticism, is a school of Islam that transcends the division of Sunni and Shiite offering a message of Peace and Love through music (Qawwali), dance (the dervishes in their many forms), and poetry (Hafiz, Rumi, and countless others).

These images were taken during a one month trip through the Sufi shrines of Pakistan. I hope that these photographs can help to balance out all the images of burning effigies, violent anti-american protests, IED attacks, and suicide bombers, that consistantly appear on the covers of our newspapers. These images are a window into a world of music, dance, poetry, and above all LOVE in Islam, something we never see in the western press.