Akhund of Swat

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The Akhund of Swat Abdul Ghafur (1794–1877) was a Muslim saint who exercised great influence and authority over Muslims over large parts of central Asia.

His residence in the mountainous country of Swat, now part of Pakistan, was the destination for numerous pilgrimages to consult him on questions of every kind.

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  • Anon, "The (British Raj) Indian Frontier", The Times, Issue 29100, (15 November 1877); p.4; col D.
  • Our own Correspondent, "India", (Article contains the text: "The death of the Akhoond of Swat is announced"), The Times, No.29157, (Monday 21 January 1878), p.5; col A.

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