al- Aḥbāsh
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Al-Aḥbāsh, also known as the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects (AICP; Jamʿiyyat al-Mashāriʿ al-Khayriyya al-Islāmiyya), was founded in Beirut in 1983 by a group of young Sunnī ʿulamāʾ. The name “al-Aḥbāsh” (“the Ethiopians”) alludes to the origins of the organisation's Ethiopian-born spiritual leader, the ḥadīth scholar and Ṣūfī shaykh ʿAbdallāh al-Hararī al-Ḥabashī (1910–2008). Since its inception, the AICP has been backed by the Syrian authorities, who were seeking Sunnī allies at a time when they were at war with the Syrian Muslim…

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Pierret, Thomas, “al-Aḥbāsh”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2010
First print edition: 9789004183964, 2010, 2010-2

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