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Representations: Sufi Women, Early Period, Seventh–Tenth Centuries: Overview
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Early pious and Sufi women participated fully in the ascetic and Sufi communities as teachers, preachers, and companions undertaking a mainly ascetic practice involving pious service, fasting, night vigils, and poverty.

The first/seventh and fourth/tenth centuries cover the early period of Islamic ascetic piety and much of the period of pre-institutionalized Sufism ending in the fifth/eleventh century. A number of Islamic movements look back on the early pious ascetics as the forebears of their own practice and attitudes, and…

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Silvers, Laury, “Representations: Sufi Women, Early Period, Seventh–Tenth Centuries: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0639>
First published online: 2009

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