Laila Alrefaai is a Syrian writer and researcher specializing in religious affairs. Her work has been published by the Carnegie Middle East Center, Al Jazeera and the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, among others. She is currently completing her master’s in sociology at Marmara University.
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Unknown to the world, the Qubaysiyat boast tens of thousands of disciples within Syria, in franchises across the Middle East and as far afield as Europe and the Americas. At their center was the towering figure of al-Qubaysi, a woman as influential as she was mysterious.