Noureddine Khourchid & the whirling dervishes of Damascus
Noureddine Khourchid was born in 1966 in Damascus. Introduced at the age of five to the mystical muslim ritual by his father, Sheikh Abou al-Nour, he is now considered as one of the greatest reciter of the Koran.
Although he paradoxically studied economics at the university, he went in for a spiritual path. His great mastery of the expression of the Koran enabled him to perfectly master the Inshad (religious singing).
The deep and heavenly voice of Nourddine Khourchid, which only responds to the Daf (percussion), seems to materialize thanks to the metaphysical presence of the Whirling Dervishes. In this unending twirl, which recalls the very origin of the founding ritual, in which Earth seems to be at one with Heaven, one can recognize the universal movement of the turkish Mevlevi and of its arab equivalent from Syria, the Mawlawiyya, whose order was created by the great Jalâl al-Din al-Rûmi (1207-1273), located in Konya (Anatolia).