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Ṣafī al-Dīn Audabīlī
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, S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Abu ’l-Fatḥ Isḥāḳ, son of Amīn al-Dīn D̲j̲ibrāʾīl and Dawlatī, born 650/1252-3, died 12 Muḥarram 735/12 September 1334 at Ardabīl [q.v.], eponymous founder of the Ṣafawid Order of Ṣūfīs and hence of the Ṣafawid dynasty, rulers of Persia 907-1148/1501-1736 [see ṣafawids ].

Traditional hagiographical accounts depict Ṣafī al-Dīn as being destined for future greatness from infancy. As a boy, he spent his time in religious exercises, experienced visions involving angelic beings, and was visited by the abdāl and awtād [q.vv.]. As he grew up, he could find no murs̲h̲id (spiritu…

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Babinger, Fr. and Savory, R.M., “Ṣafī al-Dīn Audabīlī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 29 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6446>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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