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Darwīsh (Dervish)
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Darwīsh (Dervish) is a Sufi term meaning poor (faqīr) and indigent (nādār). In certain historical periods, especially in the east of Iran and among the Sufis of Khurāsān, it was applied to all Sufis, while at other times it was regarded as an exp…

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Alireza Ebrahim, Stephen Hirtenstein and Translated by Keven Brown, “Darwīsh (Dervish)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_035987>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180110

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