Sufism and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Muslim Networks |

Sufis are known by the generic terms dervish and faqir (mendicants). Generally, scientists derive the abstractum “Sufi” from the Arabic words suf, meaning wool, or from safaa, i.e. virtue or purity, or else from safwa (chosen). Other, alternative, more allegorical meanings, are of speculative historical value…

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