Alians

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For the Polish band, see Alians (band).
Demir Baba teke, Alian sacred place

The Alians are a Shi`a order, similar to the Sufi Mevlevi, who live in several regions of Bulgaria. Alians revere Ali ibn Abi Talib, son-in-law and first cousin of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, whom they consider an emanation of God. They follow the mystical rituals of the wandering dervishes.

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  • Житието на Демир Баба и създаването на ръкописи от мюсюлманите от хетеродоксните течения на исляма в Североизточна България (in Bulgarian). : Demir Baba's life and the creation of manuscripts by heterodox Muslims in northeastern Bulgaria
  • Георгиева, И. (1997). Българските алиани. Сборник етнографски материали. (in Bulgarian). Sofia.  Bulgarian Alians. A collection of ethnographic materials.