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Rābiʿa al-ʿAdawiyya al-Ḳaysiyya
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(a double nisba because she was attached to a family, the Āl ʿĀtik, of ʿAdī b. Ḳays (of Ḳurays̲h̲; see Ibn al-Kalbī-Caskel, tab. 35)), famous mystic and saint of Baṣra.

One cannot go so far as to throw into doubt her historical existence, but the traditions about her life and teachings include a very large proportion of legend which today can hardly be distinguished from authentic information. With this qualification borne in mind, one may nevertheless be permitted to present a portrait of the saint as it was conceived by her coreligionists over the course of the centuries.

She is said to ha…

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Margaret Smith-[Ch. Pellat], “Rābiʿa al-ʿAdawiyya al-Ḳaysiyya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6160>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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