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, an Ottoman poet and Ḥurūfī [see Ḥurūfiyya ]. Of Refīʿī’s life we only have a few hints from himself; the Ottoman biographers and historians do not seem to mention him at all. He himself describes how in his youth he studied many branches of knowledge but did not know what he should believe, and how sometimes he turned to the Sunna, sometimes to philosophy and sometimes to materialism. He often travelled a great distance to visit a particular scholar but always was disappointed. The poet Nesīmī [q.v.] was the first to teach him the grace of God and the truth, and ordered him to t…

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Björkman, W., “Refīʿī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6274>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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