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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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A Demirdash Reformist Writer: Qut al-qulub in Cairo and Europe

A Demirdash Reformist Writer: Qut al-qulub in Cairo and Europe

(p.94) 4 A Demirdash Reformist Writer: Qut al-qulub in Cairo and Europe
Visionaries of Silence

Earle H. Waugh

American University in Cairo Press

Qut al-Qulub (1899–1968) was the second daughter of “al-Sayyidi” 'Abd al-Rahim Mustafa al-Demirdash Pasha and his wife Zeinab, al-Tawdya born April 18, 1899. In her early years, she lived in the spacious surroundings of the Muhammadi lands and apartments. In many Muslim societies, it is common for women to want to bear a male child. It was known in the order that Qut provided a conduit for women who wanted the blessing (Baraka) of the shaikh to help them conceive a male child. There is no doubt for the Demirdashiya that the annual mulid immediately after the three-day retreat is the highlight of the ritual year. Mulid time was also the time when future financial assistance might be discussed, such as funding for a wedding.

Keywords:   Qut al-Qulub, Muhammadi lands, shaikh, Baraka, retreat

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