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The Hindiyya Ṭarīqa
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Like the Ismāʿīliyya of Kordofan (see Chapter 9), the Hindiyya began as a localised holy family that, under the impact of the incoming centralised orders like the Sammāniyya and Khatmiyya, sought to formalise its religious status into a ṭarīqa.

The origins of the Hindī family of the Sudan, who claim to be of Sharifian origin, are said to go back to Muḥammad b. Muṣṭafā al-Hindī (b. 913/1507-8), who came to the Sudan from Mecca in 970/ 1562-63. By the eighteenth century, the family seem to have established themselves around al-Qallabāt…

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“The Hindiyya Ṭarīqa”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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