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Abū al-Wafāʾ Khwārazmī
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Abū al-Wafāʾ Khwārazmī (d. 4 Rajab 835/7 March 1432) was a prominent member of the Kubrawiyya Sufi order. Other writers have referred to him by such epithets as qudwat al-ʿurafāʾ (‘the exemplar of the gnostics’) (Jāmī, Ashiʿʿat, 61), pīr-i firishtah (‘the angelic master’) (ʿAlī Shīr Nawāʾī, 185; Rāzī, 3/329) and firishtah-yi rū-yi zamīn (‘the angel on the face of the earth’) (Gāzurgāhī, 157).

It is not certain when Abū al-Wafāʾ was born. According to some sources, he was born in 760/1359, a theory based on one of his couplets…

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Javad Shams, Mohammad and Translated by Hamid Tehrani, “Abū al-Wafāʾ Khwārazmī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0155>
First published online: 2015

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