BARAQĪ, ḴᵛĀJA ʿABD-ALLĀH, first of the successors appointed by Ḵᵛāja Yūsof Hamadānī (d. 555/1160, q.v.) to exercise spiritual authority after his passing. He is said to have originated in Ḵᵛārazm and joined the circle of Hamadānī in Bukhara in his early youth, although, according to another account, it was his great-grandfather who made the move from Ḵᵛārazm to Bukhara, establishing there a respected family of Hanafite foqahāʾ. The name Baraqī has been taken either as a nesba, referring to the town of Baraq, slightly to the north of Gorganj, or as being derived from an arabicized form of bara (sheep), Ḵᵛāja ʿAbd-Allāh’s ancestors supposedly having been shepherds. He was buried in the cemetery on the Šārestān hill of Bukhara, close to Abū Bakr Kalābāḏī, author of the Ketāb al-taʿarrof, although by the 9th/15th century the precise location of his tomb had become obscured. Baraqī appears not to have nominated any successors of his own, and it was two other successors of Hamadānī, Ḵᵛāja Aḥmad Yasawī and Ḵᵛāja ʿAbd-al-Ḵāleq Gojdovānī, who perpetuated the distinctly central Asian line of Sufi affiliation that Hamadānī had inaugurated.
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Originally Published: December 15, 1988
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