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Sufism or Taṣawwuf تصوف
Sufism or Taṣawwuf (تصوف), which is often defined as “Islamic mysticism”, “the inward dimension of Islam”, or “the phenomenon of mysticism within Islam”, is a mystical trend in Islam “characterized … [by particular] values, ritual practices, doctrines and institutions” which began very early on in Islamic history and which represents “the main manifestation and the most important and central crystallization of” mystical practice in Islam. Although the overwhelming majority of Sufis, both pre-modern and modern, have been adherents of Sunni Islam, there nevertheless also developed certain strands of Sufi practice within the ambit of Shia Islam during the late medieval period.
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