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QADIRIYAH. Among the better-known names in Islamic mysticism is that of `Abd al-Qadir al-Gilani (or Jilani or Jili), who is associated with the beginnings of the Qadri brotherhood or tariqah either as founder or as patron and sponsor. `Abd al-Qadir's birthdate is usually given as All 470/1077-1078 CE and his date of death as 561/1165-1166. According to the biographer Muhammad Ibn Shakir al-Kutubi, `Abd al-Qadir came from the Persian province of Gilan, southwest of the Caspian Sea; his father was ...more

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