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Quth (Arabic, pole, axis) in Islam, especially among the Sufis, is the idea of a central axis around which the interests of the world revolve. The centrality is the will and the word of God manifested through a great saint or caliph (the first four). Thus it is not held that the individual is without faith or flaw, but rather at specific moments the qutb is manifested through him. A.G.H.
Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 787