While it is easy to rationalize the festival’s exclusivity as a strategic decision, one key issue still remains: Exclusion of this nature directly opposes the principles of Sufism. 

Opinion: Exclusivity, Elitism Dominate at Fez Festival of Sufi Culture
Audience members enjoying Tariqa Boutchichiya at the 12th annual Fez Festival of Sufi Culture on Sunday, October 20.
Morgan Hekking holds a BA in International Relations from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.