The noted Sufi singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in London, 1989

The noted Sufi singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in London, 1989

Contemporary Sufis, including the late Pakistani virtuoso Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, perform qawwali, a musical repertoire inspired by the work of the 13th- century Indian composer and poet Amir Khosrow, together with verses by Rumi, Hafez, and others. another musical genre, kafi singing, popular throughout South Asia, sets classical poems to visceral rhythms and hand-clapping.