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Muhaiyaddeen, Bawa
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Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (Muḥammad Raḥīm Bāwā Muḥī al-Dīn, d. 1986) was a Tamil teacher who established a transnational spiritual community between Sri Lanka and North America.

1. Early life

Despite Bawa’s contribution to the spread of Ṣūfism in the Western world and in Sri Lanka, little is known about his early life. Bawa regularly evaded biographical questions, stressing repeatedly that it was not…

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Xavier, Shobhana, “Muhaiyaddeen, Bawa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_36595>
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