This article presents and analyses the environment around Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani (1922-2014) in Lefke, Cyprus. The Shaykh was leader of a branch of the Naqshbandiyya between 1973 and 2014. His murids have viewed their visits to the Shaykh’s home as spiritual highlights. Some have moved there permanently. Based on ethnographic material collected during four visits to Lefke between 2008 and 2014, as well as material distributed online by Shaykh Nazim’s murids, this article discusses developments affecting the Shaykh and his murids in Lefke. Topics discussed include the Shaykh’s decreasing physical condition, the narratives of individual visitors, and visits by prominent international guests, as well as the Shaykh’s death and its immediate aftermath, including the contested issue of leadership in the tariqa. The article concludes with a reflection on Sufi saintly authority in the contemporary world.
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