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A Sufi sect of Islam with unique local features of the Western Regions: Mohammed Sharif and his Wuwayixiye Order

Cheng Guoguang  
Mohammed Sharif was a notable figure of the Sufi sect of Islam during the Yarkant Khanate period in the south of the Tianshan Mountains. This paper studies the life of Mohammed Sharif and the Wuwayixiye Order founded by him, discusses the regional features of Sufism in its spread and development in the Western Regions and shows the historical effects brought to local social and political life by Mohammed Sharif and his order and his contribution to academic culture.
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