Baraka (Barakat) Hamadānī
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Baraka (Barakat) Hamadānī, was a Sufi authority from the 5th/11th to the 6th/12th century, and one of the spiritual masters of ʿAyn al-Quḍāt Hamadānī (d. 525/1131; q.v.).

He has remained little known probably because he was unlettered (ummī), does not seem to have been affiliated to any particular Sufi order, and lived far from Khurāsān, which was one of the main centres of Sufism at the time. Information about this charismatic master, who inspired such renowned figures as ʿAyn al-Quḍāt Hamadānī and possibly Aḥmad al-Ghazālī (d. 520/1126), can only be found in ʿAyn al-Quḍāt’s letters (Nām…

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Shams, Mohammad Javad and Negahban, Farzin, “Baraka (Barakat) Hamadānī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 19 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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