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Sufi Women

Early Sufi Women a translation by Rkia Cornell of Abu 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami's (d. 1021 CE) Dhikr an-Niswat al-muta'abbidat as-sufiyyat, explodes many mistaken notions about Muslim women.

Women in Islam (link fixed 2 August 2002) from the journal Sufism: An Inquiry by Dr. Nahid Angha, a Sufi woman who is the co-director of the International Association of Sufism and founder of the Sufi Women Organization.

Women and Sufism, (link fixed 2 August 2002) by Camille Adams Helminski of the Mevlevi Sufi Order, briefly discusses some well-known women Sufis and central issues concerning women in the history of Sufism.

Habiba, A Sufi Saint from Uzbekistan is the title of a video about a contemporary Naqshbandi woman Sufi and healer. You can order it From Mystic Fire Video. (Links fixed 2 August 2002.)

Uzbek Women's Sufi Dhikr recorded in Kokand (Uzbekistan) and linked from the site The BBC Musical Nomad.

The Sufi Women Organization (link fixed 2 August 2002) is an association of Muslim and non-Muslim Sufi women from around the world, of many cultures and Sufi Orders, who address humanitarian issues related to women. One of their activities is a women-only list-serv, Sufi Women Dialogues.

Rabi'a al-'Adawiya, the most famous of all Sufi women and certainly one of the greatest exponents of the love of God.

Rabi'a al-Badawiya (d. 135/752-53) a Muslim woman Sufi saint, is often confused with the more well-known Rabi'a al-'Adawiya, but appears to be the same as Rabi'a bint Isma'il.

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