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Travel through the heartlands of Sufism with the hypnotic images of Iason Athanasiadis. The exhibition runs Feb. 5 – March 10 at Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies.

Locaton: Center for Government and International Studies (South Building), Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, 02138

SUFISM: Mystical Ecumenism is a visual journey through Bilad ash-Sham, Khorassan and the Punjab chronicling the movement and rhythm of zikr, the ecstatic ceremony practiced by Sufi orders around the Muslim World.

Shot by photojournalist and 2008 Harvard Nieman fellow Iason Athanasiadis in present-day Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, it documents the extraordinary diversity of a mystical Islam gaining in popularity in the West but worryingly absent from media coverage of the world’s most controversial religion.

On the 30th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution, Iason Athanasiadis’ gallery of photographs of Iranian society appeared in The Guardian.

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