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al-Badawī, al-Sayyid
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Al-Sayyid al-Badawī (596–674/1200–76), Egypt’s greatest saint, is also one of its historically most obscure. The first reliable biographical entry in which he is mentioned is by ʿUmar b. ʿAlī b. al-Mulaqqin (d. 804/1401), whose Ṭabaqāt al-awliyā (“History of the saints”) states that he originated from an Arab tribe of al-Shām (Syria) and that an Iraqi shaykh initiated him into the Rifāʿiyya, a Ṣūfī order that developed in lower Iraq around the end of the sixth/twelfth century and traced itself back to the Shāfiʿī shaykh Aḥmad b. ʿAlī al-Rifāʿī (d. 578/1182). A widespread and e…

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Mayeur-Jaouen, Catherine, “al-Badawī, al-Sayyid”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 09 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23987>
First published online: 2016
First print edition: 9789004305748, 2016, 2016-1

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