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Barēlwīs
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A group of religious scholars ( ʿulamāʾ) and their followers, originally of South Asia, who trace their worldview to the teachings of Aḥmad Riḍā Khān Barēlwī (d. 1921). The Barēlwīs call themselves the “People of the [Prophet's] sunna (q.v.) and the majority community” ( Ahl-i sunnat wa- jamāʿat) and reject the name “Barēlwī” as derogatory, because of its implication that their beliefs are local and deviant rather than universalistic and mainstream. Nevertheless, the term “Barēlwī” is widely current wherever the movement exists, which today includes not only South Asia but also Britai…

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Sanyal, Usha, “Barēlwīs”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00044>



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