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Visionaries of SilenceThe Reformist Sufi Order of the Demirdashiya al-Khalwatiya in Cairo$
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Earle H. Waugh

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160899

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160899.001.0001

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Constructing a Place for Silence: Architecture and the Khalwatiya Sense of Religious Space

Constructing a Place for Silence: Architecture and the Khalwatiya Sense of Religious Space

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(p.123) 5 Constructing a Place for Silence: Architecture and the Khalwatiya Sense of Religious Space
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Visionaries of Silence
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Earle H. Waugh

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774160899.003.0006

One aspect of a way of orienting oneself to the world is silence. A desire for silence demonstrates a reluctance to invest all meaning in word and text, with the result that one relies on other physical means with which to convey reality. There is a vital Demirdash attempt in silence to incorporate other dimensions of meaning into the sacred world order, and to construct an environment amenable to it. Every religious establishment requires both a geographic and local cultural component if it is to integrate itself into a community. In the Demirdashiya case, that implicit religious logic derives from the system of values and visionary perceptions brought to the order by Shaikh Muhammad Demirdash and subsequently shaped by the evolving perceptions of the leadership of the order.

Keywords:   silence, meaning, reality, cultural component, perceptions

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