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Awlād al-Shaykh
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Awlād al-Shaykh (Banū Ḥamawayh, also spelled Ḥamawiya) refers to an Iranian family of Ṣūfīs and Shāfiʿī fuqahāʾ, of whom one branch emigrated to Syria and came to play an important role in the religious and political life of Egypt and Syria under the later Ayyūbid sultans, al-Malik al-Kāmil (615–35/1218–38) and his sons. The eldest known clan member, Abū Muḥammad b. Ḥamawayh al-Juwaynī (d. 530/1135–6) was a renowned Ṣūfī, faqīh, and author of several works on mysticism. His grandson ʿImād al-Dīn Abū l-Fatḥ ʿUmar b. ʿAlī (d. 577/1181) went to Damascus, where in 5…

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Eddé, Anne-Marie and Gottschalk, Hans L., “Awlād al-Shaykh”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23034>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004234871, 2012, 2012-4

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