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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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(p.1) Introduction
Visionaries of Silence

Earle H. Waugh

American University in Cairo Press

One might study how many members of other orders have been members of the Demirdashiya at some time or how many shaikhs and other religious specialists in the orders have found spiritual sustenance within the fold of the Demirdashiya. The relationship of the Demirdashiya to other Khalwatiya orders have not been examined to determine how these rivals within the spiritual universe relate to each other. Studies of Islam have almost always been of an ideological nature, with “ideas” and “conceptual trends” being the favored entrée into Islam. Theologians may devour forests of trees publishing books to describe what it means, but the fact is that people have an instant connection with divinity through the time-worn formulas of the Mass.

Keywords:   specialists, sustenance, Islam, theologians, divinity

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