The Salafiyya and Sufism: Muhammad ‘Abduh and his Risālat al-Wāridāt (Treatise on Mystical Inspirations)

  title={The Salafiyya and Sufism: Muhammad ‘Abduh and his Risālat al-Wāridāt (Treatise on Mystical Inspirations)},
  author={Oliver Scharbrodt},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={89 - 115}
  • Oliver Scharbrodt
  • Published 1 February 2007
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
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  • 2012
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Al-A māl al-Kāmila III, 527 f.; see also Sirriyeh, Sufis and Anti-Sufis