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Barāq Bābā
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Barāq Bābā (655–707/1257–1307), a well-known dervish from the Īlkhānid period.

Barāq, meaning long-haired dog in Qipchāq Turkish, was a common name among the Mongolian- and Turkic-speaking peoples from the 7th/13th to the 9th/15th century. However it is reported that this title was given to him because on one occasion he swallowed a piece of food which his master, Ṣārī Ṣaltūq, had expecto-rated (Kāshgharī, 1/315; İnan, 151). In Arabic sources this unvocalised word has been confused with the Arabic word ‘burāq’ (al-Ṣafadī, al-Wāfī, 10/106, Aʿyān, 1/226; al-Dhahabī, 4/13; Ibn Ta…

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Massah, Rezvan and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Barāq Bābā”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_00000077>
First published online: 2015

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