In Arabic its name literally means "man of wool." What
Islamic sect is it?
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The word Sufi means "man of wool" in
Arabic. It ultimately derives from the Arabic suf, wool.
The Sufis are a Muslim sect of ascetic mystics (i.e.,
they are not shop-aholics) who got their name because they wear woolen garments
(labs-as-suf) as one demonstration of their religious
According to the Oxford English
Dictionary, the first known appearance of the word in English writing
is from 1653 -- from Greaves Seraglio "Those Turks which
would be accounted Sofees ... do commonly read, as they walk
along the streets."
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