Female Sufi

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Female Sufi

Linxia, 2012

This woman is one of the caretakers of a Sufi tomb on Linxia’s North Mountain. Illustrative of the diversity in doctrinal interpretations even within Sufism, Sufis in Linxia generally do not provide schools for their female members. This particular tomb is a Qadariyya tomb that allegedly contains a twenty-ninth descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.