Laylat Al-Dikr: A Ramadan night for trance and spirituality at the French Institute

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Mar 2022

Institut Français d’Égypte is hosting an event titled ‘Laylat Al-Dikr: Trance and Spirituality in Traditional Egyptian Music’ at their headquarters in Cairo on Tuesday 12 April, the 10th of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, where a lecture and a performance will be held.


Laylat Al-Dikr will be held as part of the ASWAT series — a joint initiative by CEDEJ, IFAO, and IFE that is curated by Kawkab Tawfik. It will feature Islamic Sufi chanters Abuzeid Azamil and Salim Atallah together with the Wajd Ensemble, all performing a vast variety of Sufi songs and music from the Egyptian Delta.

Wajd Ensemble are Sufi practitioners of the ‘Ṭarīqa Aḥmadiyya Ġiṭāniyya’ and professional musicians that are sponsored by the Ministry of Culture.

The performances will follow a lecture by Giuseppe Cecere — an associate professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of Bologna, who holds a Ph.D. in near eastern studies (History and Philology) from the University of Florence (2007).

Cecere’s research especially focuses on Sufi “presence” in the multicultural and multi-religious context of Egyptian society, mainly in the Mamluk era and in contemporary times.

ASWAT is a series of music meetings and music performances focusing on a range of musical practices across Egypt and beyond through contributions from academic speakers and artists, followed by a concert. 

Tuesday 12 April at 8pm
Institut français d’Égypte, Mounira, Cairo

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