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Visionaries of Silence: The Reformist Sufi Order of the Demirdashiya al-Khalwatiya in Cairo

Earle H. Waugh


Founded in the sixteenth century, the Demirdashiya Sufi order in Cairo has played an influential role in Egypt's public life, and through a line of family sheikhs has channeled the impulses of its Sufi origins into different types of reform. Practicing a visionary form of piety, the Demirdashiya—once legendary for its wealth and secrecy—continues to influence a small but important segment of contemporary Cairo's inhabitants. This study highlights the Demirdashiya's sophisticated and complex relationship with both politics and Islamic culture. As part of his research, the author of this book at ... More

Keywords: Demirdashiya, sheikhs, piety, visionary, Islamic culture, liturgies, dhikr, khalwa, Sufi order, Qut al-Qulub

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9789774160899
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774160899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Earle H. Waugh, author