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Bajaliyya, the name of a Shiʿi group that existed in the Maghrib region of North Africa for over two centuries.

According to Ibn Ḥawqal (d. after 367/978), a group of Mūsawī Shiʿis who were followers of a certain ʿAlī b. Warṣand (d. 296/909) (cf. Madelung, 91 n. 4 who gives Warsand) lived in a region which he calls al-Sūs al-Aqṣā (‘Far Sūs’) at the western end of the Maghrib on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean (Ibn Ḥawqal, 1/91). They may be the same people who, according to reports narrated by writers in later periods, were followers of a certain Ibn Warṣand al-Bajalī on whos…

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Jaberizadeh, Abd al-Amir and Negahban, Farzin, “Bajaliyya”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 18 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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