On any regular Thursday, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in Southern Pakistan reverberates with Sindhi folk music and hundreds of people dancing. But in February 2017, a suicide bomber attacked the shrine, claiming the lives of 88 people and injuring many more. ISIL claimed responsibility. In an act of defiance and solidarity, Sheema Kermani travelled to the site a few days after the attack and performed the Dhamall, a form of dance rooted in the promise of spiritual trance. Videos of her performance spread across social media. Sheema’s journey started long before the attack at the Sufi shrine. Sheema, 67, has...
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