Darwīsh (Dervish)
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Darwīsh (Dervish) is a Sufi term meaning poor (faqīr) and indigent (nādār). In certain historical periods, especially in the east of Iran and among the Sufis of Khurāsān, it was applied to all Sufis, while at other times it was a technical…

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Alireza Ebrahim and with additions by Stephen Hirtenstein, “Darwīsh (Dervish)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 15 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_035987>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180110

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