Definition of tariqa in English:

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Pronunciation: /taˈriːkə/
(also tariqat /taˈriːkət/)


[mass noun]
1The Sufi doctrine or path of spiritual learning.
Example sentences
  • Tariqat has neither the right to waive any law of shariat, nor can it allow the followers of tariqat to be exempted from the bounds and limits of shariat.
  • Both tariqat and haqiqat by which the sufis are distinguished, are the third part of shariat.
1.1 [count noun] A Sufi missionary.
Example sentences
  • This self-same process of organic expansion along the trade routes, or among semi-settled pastoralists, was sustained by the Sufi tariqas, the mystical orders of Islam.
  • Similarly, the Turkish Sufi traditions and tariqas, which played important roles in Turkish social and political history, barely register here.
  • Islamic Sufi brotherhoods, known as tariqas, play an important role in the religious practices of the Mauritanians.


From Arabic ṭarīqa 'manner, way, creed'.

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