Rifaʿiya

[ ree-fah-ee-yuh ]
/ ˌri fɑˈi yə /

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.
Also called howling dervishes.
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