Bektashi Order
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Bektashi Order (also Biktaşiyye, Biktāshiyya), is one of the eight major Sufi orders in Anatolia, with a large following both in Turkey and the Balkans.

Formation of the Biktāshiyya

The Biktāshiyya claim their descent from Ḥājjī Biktāsh Walī (Hacı Bektaş Veli, d. ca. 669/1270), whose biography is a succession of legendary stories. All that can be said about him with any certainty is that he was one of the Turkom…

Cite this page
Lajevardi, Fatemeh, Hirtenstein, Stephen and Negahban, Farzin, “Bektashi Order”, 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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