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ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Zaylaʿī
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ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. Aḥmad al-Zaylaʿī (c.1820–82) is credited as the first reviver of the Qādiriyya Ṣūfī ṭarīqa (lit., “way,” hence “order”) in Somalia during the second half of the nineteenth century and the eponymous founder of the sub-branch of the order known locally as the Zaylaʿiyya. While the shaykh is regarded as a founder of the modern Qādiriyya in the Horn of Africa, only a few of his works survive, and most of what is known about him is derived from the hagiographical collection Rāḥat al-qalb al-mutwallin fi manāqib al-shaykh ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Zaylaʿī (“Comfort of the uninterru…

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Reese, Scott S., “ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Zaylaʿī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_27233>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004252691, 2013, 2013-4



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