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Bābā Ilyās Khurāsānī
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Bābā Ilyās Khurāsānī, Abū al-Baqāʾ Ilyās b. ʿAlī, was a prominent Turkoman Sufi shaykh of the early 7th/13th century, associated with the Bābāʾī Movement and Order (q.v.). He was known both as Bābā Ilyās-i ʿAjam and Bābā Ilyās-i Dīwānah (Âşıkpaşazade, 46, 191; Neşri, 6/47; see also Çelebi, 13; Ocak, 2, 4; Sibṭ b. al-Jawzī, 2/733).

Nothing is known about him prior to his arrival in Asia Minor. He is said to have left greater Khurāsān for Anatolia as a result of the Mongol conquests and their annexation of the Khʷārazm-Shāhid territories. He took up residence in the village of Chāt in…

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Khosroshahi, Jalal and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Bābā Ilyās Khurāsānī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0000004>
First published online: 2015

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