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Darqāwa or Darqāwiyya is a Moroccan Ṣūfī order (or brotherhood, ṭarīqa, lit., “path”) that attracted devotees also in other Arab countries such as Algeria, Egypt (especially in the city of Ṭanṭā), Tunisia, and Libya. It also became popular in the Ḥijāz, particularly in Mecca and Medina, and has spread as far as Iraq. In Tripoli, it became known as al-Madaniyya, after Muḥammad b. Ḥamza b. Ẓāfir al-Madanī (d. 1847), who introduced there the principles of Muḥammad al-Arabī al-Darqāwī in 1820.

The order was founded at the end of the twelfth/eighteenth century by Mawlāy al-ʿArab…

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El Hour, Rachid, “Darqāwa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 27 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_25890>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 9789004356627, 2017, 2018-1

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