Darwīsh (Dervish)
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Darwīsh (Dervish) is a Sufi term meaning poor (faqīr) and indigent (nādār). In certain historical periods, especially in the east of Iran and among the Sufis of Khurāsān, it was applied to all Sufis, while at other times it was a technical…

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Alireza Ibrahim and with additions by Stephen Hirtenstein, “Darwīsh (Dervish)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 22 February 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_035987>
First published online: 2017

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