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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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Reform Through the Liturgical and Religious Life of the Tariqa

Reform Through the Liturgical and Religious Life of the Tariqa

(p.56) 3 Reform Through the Liturgical and Religious Life of the Tariqa
Visionaries of Silence

Earle H. Waugh

American University in Cairo Press

There are several aspects to the liturgical life of the Demirdashiya, each reflecting a dimension of the spiritual life and attracting different classes of followers. There are the underpinnings of the mystical enterprise, which might call the order's theosophical system and which appeal in different ways to the murids. The Islamic year is dominated by the time of the hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca, which in Cairo has a direct impact on believers. Demirdashiya followers at the same time are gearing up for an intense engagement with spiritual acts during Sha'ban, because it is during that month that the khalwa ceremony takes place. During the three days of the retreat, life is guided by restricted eating practices. It is, of course, considered to be especially blessed when both the order's activities and Ramadan fall during the same period.

Keywords:   liturgical life, Demirdashiya, murids, pilgrimage, Ramadan

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