Acronyms that contain the term khanqah
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- A khanqah or khaniqah, also known as a ribat – among other terms – is a building designed specifically for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood, or tariqa, and is a place for spiritual retreat and character reformation. In the past, and to a lesser extent nowadays, they often served as hospices for Sufi travelers and Islamic students. Khanqahs are very often found adjoined to dargahs, mosques and madrasas. They are found throughout the Persian-influenced Islamic world, especially Iran, Central Asia and South Asia. In the Arab world, especially North Africa, similar buildings are also found, which are known in Arabic as zawiyya. In Turkey and other formerly Ottoman areas like Albania and Bosnia, they are locally referred to as tekije. In South Asia, the words khanqah and dargah are used interchangeably for Sufi shrines. Khanqahs later spread across the Islamic world, from Morocco to Indonesia.