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Reform Through the Liturgical and Religious Life of the Tariqa

Earle H. Waugh

in Visionaries of Silence

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9789774160899
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970467 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774160899.003.0004
Reform Through the Liturgical and Religious Life of the Tariqa

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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

Chapter.  13677 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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