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Ṭarīḳa (Ar., pls. ṭuruḳ , ṭarāʾiḳ ) is a term which can signify the “manner of behaving” ( sīra ); it thus qualifies the “method” ( mad̲h̲hab ) of a person, the conduct which is typical of him and which should generally be imitated. These definitions supplied by the LʿA (Beirut 1988, viii, 155) accord with Ḳurʾānic usages of ṭarīḳa (cf. in particular, XX, 63, 104). The Ṣūfīs adapted these conceptions, viewing them from a spiritual perspective, but they were …

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Geoffroy, E., Lory, P., O'Fahey, R.S., Zarcone, Th., Clayer, Nathalie, Popovic, A., Nizami, K.A. and Kaptein, N., “Ṭarīḳa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1183>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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