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RIFA'IYAH. The Sunni Sufi order known as the Rifa'iyah played an important role in the institutionalization of Sufism. In all likelihood, until the fifteenth century it was the most prevalent Sufi order. Thereafter the popularity of the Rifa'iyah continued in the Arab world, where at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth the Rifa-'i order possessed the greatest number of tekkes. Since then the order experienced a decline until recent years, when Rifa-'i activity be ...more

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