One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Muslim holy man or hermit, especially in North Africa.
abstainer, recluse, hermit, solitary, anchorite, anchoress, desert saint, celibate, puritan, nun, monkView synonyms
- ‘The Maghrib, including Tunisia, has many legends involving Muslim leaders called marabouts (holy men).’
- ‘During the rest of the film he tries to work out who could have cursed him and visits two marabouts to find a cure.’
- ‘A group of Muslim holy men known as marabouts were able to stir dissent and gain prominence by convincing the local populations that they possessed supernatural powers.’
- ‘In doing those things, de Foucauld served as a countersign to the often (his judgment not mine) narrow, prestige-preoccupied, and hypocritical hereditary marabouts who headed up the various sectarian movements in Algerian Islam.’
- ‘Her friends subsequently carried her body to a marabout, an intermediary between the spiritual and the physical world, who succeeded in reviving her.’
- ‘At the mosque, the marabout (Islamic holy man) and the father give the baby an Arabic name from the Koran.’
- ‘Many Mauritanians have faith in the supernatural powers of holy men called marabouts, or murabitun.’
- ‘In the indigenous Berber religion, the holy men, called marabouts, were thought to be endowed by God with special powers.’
- ‘Also important among all groups are Koranic or Islamic scholars, often called marabouts, who serve as religious scholars and scribes and, in the countryside, combine legal, medical, and religious professions.’
- ‘Among the Islamic Issa, Gadabursi, and Afar, sheikhs and marabouts occupy a prominent position and play a role in many lifecycle events.’
- ‘Marabouts play a unique role in Senegalese society: in orthodox Muslim communities, marabouts are teachers of the faith.’
- ‘Many Guineans rely on their traditional spirit beliefs and rely on marabouts (dervishes believed to have supernatural powers) and fetishes (superstitious objects) in times of trouble.’
- ‘The other Islamic clerics who play major roles as healers and religious counselors are the marabouts.’
- ‘Algeria has many legends based on the exploits of Muslim leaders called marabouts who either resisted the Crusaders or the French colonizers.’
- ‘The text centers on the compound of one marabout whose home is filled both inside and out with devotional imagery and serves as a site for the meetings of talibes (followers).’
- ‘They are called marabouts, or holy men, and are believed to have baraka, or divine grace.’
- ‘Research included socioeconomic surveys and 286 semistructured interviews on social change with different rural actors including women, youths, male household heads, marabouts, elite farmers, and grain traders.’
- ‘For example, a marabout (traditional healer) may advise a sick person to write on a prayer board passages from the holy Koran.’
- 1.1 A shrine marking the burial place of a Muslim holy man or hermit.
Early 17th century: via French and Portuguese from Arabic murābiṭ ‘holy man’.
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