An Ottoman Bektashi Dervish who are associated with the Alevites Turkic Shia Muslims who still retain a lot of Shamanist practices
Dervishes were a common subject for foreign photographers of the late Qajar period. These photographs helped to create and fed the stereotypes of exotic Easterners, but nevertheless they are useful historical records of the period.
Portrait of a Mevlevi dervish.
Dervish in Irevan, West-Azerbaijan 1916
successor & son of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan; grandson of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Current Pir & President of Sufi Order International
Three Mevlevi dervishes of the Yenikapı Mevlevihânesi (convent of Yenikapı). Late-Ottoman era, end of century.
Whirling Dervishes Group, Photographed by Pascal Sebah