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Coordinating a Dhikr Tour for British Photographer

«Ismail used to be a policeman, but now living off his pension and what his garden provides, he has dedicated himself to a spiritual life and his voluntary work as zikr organiser and leader.
We joined him and members of the Qadiriyya Tariqa order of Sufis in the village of Kurchaloy. They say they are followers of Kunta-hajji vird But actually are a branch known as white hats.» Photo: Christopher Roche

British photographer Christopher Roche has been filming dhikrs (Sufi ceremonies) all around the world. For help with organizing filming in the Caucasus, he reached out to our team. In April of 2017, Caucasus Explorer organized the filming of dhikr ceremonies in Chechnya, Ingushetia, and the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia. We also coordinated a visit to the Hafiz school in Grozny. Since this collaboration took place, Caucasus Explorer has continued to engage with this exciting aspect of Islamic culture, and has introduced quite a few Russian and foreign guests to this tradition.

You can see the result of Christopher’s work here.