Rifāʿiyya(1,201 words)

Bosworth, C.E.

, the name of one of the most prominent Ṣūfī orders from the period of the institutionalisation of the ṭarīḳas [q.v.], and one which came to be noted in pre-modern times for the extravagance of some of its practices.

It is unclear whether the founder, Aḥmad al-Rifāʿī [q.v.], was a mystic of the thaumaturgie, miracle-mongering type, but the order which he founded and which was developed by his kinsmen certainly acquired its extravagant reputation during the course of the 6th/12th century; it may not be without significance that the order grew…

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Bosworth, C.E.. "Rifāʿiyya." Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 16 April 2014 <http://www.paulyonline.brill.nl/entries/encyclopaedia-of-islam-2/rifaiyya-SIM_6296>
First appeared online: 2012
First Print Edition: isbn: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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