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Futuwwa
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, a term invented in about the 2nd/8th century as the counterpart of muruwwa [q.v.], the qualities of the mature man, to signify that which is regarded as characteristic of the fatā , pl. fityān , literally “young man”; by this term it has become customary to denote various movements and organizations which until the beginning of the modern era were wide-spread throughout all the urban communities of the Muslim East. The study of these movements is made difficult by the fact that, in the course of…

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Cahen, Cl. and Fr. Taeschner, “Futuwwa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0228>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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