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FUTUWAH. Based on the word fata ("youth") as representing an ideal of manhood and chivalry, futuwah is linked to the idealized figure of `Ali ibn Abi Talib, the prophet Muhammad's cousin and the first youth to convert to Islam. Historically, futuwah has been associated with popular forms of revivalist Islam, Sufi orders, craft guilds, and elite chivalric orders. As an idea, futuwah probably has pre-Islamic roots in the Middle East, which explains the diversity of forms in which futuwah groups ha ...more

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