What he calls a “papery palace of stories” sustains identity and ties mufti to place.
mufti later describes the violence devastating his country as “a clash of civilizations inside Pakistan.”
These priests are all governed by a sovereign pontiff or mufti, who is even more respected than the sultans.
I imagine your excellency has obtained a dispensation from the mufti?
And so to the sky-blue uniforms and the monochrome of mufti again, by which time Chummy and Mollie were firm friends.
He was in mufti, whoever he was, and received us kindly enough.
Anthony was to join me there, in mufti, and might be recognised by sharp eyes on the lookout for mysteries.
You mean the difference between a man in uniform and in mufti?
This time, however, appeared a mufti who was unfriendly to coffee.
mufti, the civilian dress of a naval or military officer when off duty.
1580s, muphtie "official head of the state religion in Turkey," from Arabic mufti "judge," active participle of afta "to give," conjugated form of fata "he gave a (legal) decision" (cf. fatwa). Sense of "ordinary clothes (not in uniform)" is from 1816, of unknown origin, perhaps from mufti's costume of robes and slippers in stage plays, which was felt to resemble plain clothes.