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cult

(kŭlt),
A system of beliefs and rituals based on dogma or religious teachings and characterized by devoted adherents who display a readiness to obey, an unrealistic idealization of the leader, an abandonment of personal ambition and goals, and an eschewing of traditional societal values.
[L. cultus, an honoring, adoration]
Alternative—fringe An unscientific system of treating disease
Psychiatry A religious, political, psychotherapeutic, or commercial organization or sect, based on dogma or religious teachings, often with bizarre or unorthodox practices, values, or beliefs that differ from mainstream or accepted thinking, which engenders conflict between the group and society, and uses unethical manipulative techniques of persuasion and control to advance the leader’s goal; cults may be linked to mass suicide and death

cult

(kŭlt) [L. cultus, care]
A group of people with an obsessive commitment to an ideal or principle or to an individual personifying that ideal.
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Poems in Kemal's divan reveal his close association with the Safavid tarikat and his devotion to both the third sheikh of that Iranian-based order (Hoca Ali) and to one of his Anatolian followers, Sheikh Hamid, popularly known as Somuncu Baba.
This ceremony gives the murids a sense of belonging to the tarikat, and acts as a way of communicating with Allah directly, and most important, it distinguishes the Naqshbandiyya from other forms/tarikats of Islam.
whom any right-thinking person should regard as clever charlatans, who have decided to dispense distracting and abstruse ideas about divinity and future reward: this last class is known to the people as "tarikat murids." They cleverly and subtly conceal their schemes from the ignorant population, and with grandiloquent and predictable words in their many compositions they try to prove that the Murshid is able, through fasting, lack of sleep, and other pious rituals (that is, sanctimoniousness [khanzhestvo]) to reach a state of divine truth and become endowed with imaginary supernatural secrets, and that in so doing he can be considered close to divine and make miracles happen with the help of the divine light that constantly issues from his soul.
Her revelations were deemed earth-shattering by one major daily(31) and she gained celebrity status.(32) The case became the cover story for several major weeklies.(33) With a self-confident attitude and the help of a female lawyer, she took the two tarikat leaders to court for exploiting religion and causing her harm.
De la depenalisation de l'acte d'exportation Abondant dans le meme sens, le directeur de la Compagnie algerienne d'assurance et de garantie des exportations (Cagex), Djilali Tarikat a demande la revision du reglement de la Banque d'Algerie inherent a cet aspect de rapatriement de la devise.
Soon after this verdict, the Election Commission of Bangladesh asked the three Islamic parties - the Jamaat-e-Islami, the Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan and the Tarikat Federation - to amend their charters that were in conflict with the supreme law of the country.
Insofar as neutralising her opponents by any means possible is concerned, the NYT fails to realise that the banning of the Jamt was spearheaded by the Tarikat Foundation and not the ruling Awami League on grounds that its creation was contrary to the Bangladesh Constitution.
The study concentrates on the Halveti order, which has been, with its various branches, the most widespread Sufi path (tarikat) within the Ottoman realm.
In this context, the government shut down numerous Kurdish madrasas and religious orders (tarikat) to eradicate knowledge and tradition dating back several centuries.
Bunun yani sira Tahtacilar arasinda uygulanan, dedenin veya onun sulalesinden bir kisinin onculugunde yapilan tarikat nikahi adi verilen toren de mevcuttur.