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Rifaʿiya

[ ree-fah-ee-yuh ]
/ ˌri fɑˈi yə /
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noun Islam.
a band of dervishes who achieved ecstasy during prayer by violent body movements and self-inflicted pain: formed in the 12th century; outlawed in 1925.
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Also called howling dervishes .
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