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Aḥrār, Khwājah Nāṣir al-Dīn ʿUbayd Allāh
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Aḥrār, Khwājah Nāṣir al-Dīn ʿUbayd Allāh (Ramaḍān 806–895/March 1404–1490), was a famous Sufi shaykh of the Naqshbandiyya Sufi order (ṭarīqa) in Transoxania during the Tīmūrid era. Although he did not introduce any new doctrines into Sufism and was himself influenced by Ibn al-ʿArabī’s ideas, his social and political standing contributed to the dissemination of the Naqshbandiyya in Central Asia and elsewhere, and also enabled him to exert a powerful influence over the Tīmūrid sulṭāns.

Khwājah Aḥrār was born in a village called Bāghistān…

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Naushahi, Arif and Translated by Rahim Gholami, “Aḥrār, Khwājah Nāṣir al-Dīn ʿUbayd Allāh”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0231>
First published online: 2015

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