Uwaysiyya
(767 words)

, a class of mystics who look for instruction from the spirit of a dead or physically absent person.

The term is derived from the name of Uways al-Ḳaranī (d. 37/657 [q.v.]), who is supposed to have communicated with Muḥammad by telepathy. Another important figure in the Uwaysī tradition is Abu ’l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Aḥmad al-K̲h̲araḳānī (d. 425/1033 [q.v.]), who is presented as constantly visiting the tomb of Abū Yazīd al-Bisṭāmī [q.v.] and being taught by his spirit. Al-K̲h̲araḳānī is also recorded as having claimed to be taught directly by God; this is a further aspect…

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Baldick, J., “Uwaysiyya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7782>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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