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Sufism

A "Sufi" is one who practices Islamic mysticism. Both Sunni and Shia Islam have Sufi orders and there are numerous schools (or Tariqah) often named after their founder and each with their own rituals.

Connected Sites

  • Aleppo Khanqah AL-Farafira, a 13th century sufi monastery built in 1237. (wiki)
  • Bagerhat Founded by the Sufi Satin Khan Jahan. His mausoleum is within the inscribed area.
  • Fatehpur Sikri The Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti is situated in the middle of the Emperor's Courtyard. "Akbar decided to shift his capital from Agra to a new location ... on the Sikri ridge, to honour the Sufi saint Salim Chishti" (Wiki) Link
  • Historic Cairo The Khanqah of Babars II "a medieval building located on historic Muizz St.. It was built in 1309,......to accommodate four hundred Sufis and and children of the Mamluks. This is the oldest Khanqah or hostel, that has survived in modern Cairo." A Khanqah "is a building designed specifically for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood, or tariqa, and is a place for spiritual retreat and character reformation. In the past, and to a lesser extent nowadays, they often served as hospices for Sufi travelers". (Both Wiki). See Link
  • Kasbah of Algiers The Tomb of Sidi Abdul Rahman Athaalibi - "Sufi brotherhoods have retreated considerably, but remain in some areas. Saint cults are widely disapproved of as un-Islamic, but continue, as a visit to the shrine of Sidi Abderrahmane in Algiers quickly demonstrates" (Wiki). Link
  • Kunya-Urgench "Najmeddin Kubra Mausoleum The holiest place in Kunya Urgench - Najmeddin Kubra was a famous teacher and poet who founded the Sufi Kubra order". There are 2 tombs inside - one for his body and one for his head, which were separated when he was killed by the Mongols in 1221.
  • Makli, Thatta "Makli Hill. One of the largest necropolises in the world, with a diameter of approximately 8 kilometers, Makli Hill is supposed to be the burial place of some 125,000 Sufi saints"
  • Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Khodja Ahmed Yasawi is the most prominent religious figure in the history of Sufism
  • Medina of Fez The tomb of Moulay Idris II is an important sufic pilgimage site. Fez is also the site of the annual Festival of World Sacred Music heavily dominated by Sufi dancing
  • Meknes Mausoleum of Sidi ben A?ssa, who was founder of a Sufi brotherhood notorious for their glass-eating and snake bites while in trance
  • Old City of Acre "The Shazalia mosque was built in 1862 by the Sheikh Ali Nur A-Dean El-Yasruti, founder of the Shazalia cult, whose body and those of his family are buried nearby" (AB ) see Link
  • Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  • Timbuktu Is said to contain the tombs of 333 Sufi Saints. E.g Sidi Mahmoud Ben Amar See Wiki Link
  • Walled City of Baku The Shrivanshah dynasty were patrons of the Halwati Sufi order and Baku became their cultural and ultimately, with the building of the Shirvanshah Palace in the 15th century, their physical capital. That palace "is believed to be a memorial complex built around the sacred place of worship (pir) and a tomb of Seyyid Yahya Bakuvi who was a Helwati Sufi saint.. After the Safavid conquest of Baku in 1501, the Sufi order was expelled"

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