The Sufi Spirit
The passionate, and at times even erotic, poetry of Sufi mystics has inspired a remarkable variety of Islamic religous music. Host Ellen Kushner presents a program that ranges from the chanting that accompanies the dervishes' dance trance to the gospel-like improvisations of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, "the James Brown of Pakistan." She speaks with author/translator Shaikh Kabir Helminsky about Sufi practice. Catch up with Sufism's effects on some Western musicians, too.