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The Sufi Mosque is a native Asian religious settlement featured in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.

Unit Edit

War Elephant War Elephant: Indian Heavy War Elephant powerful in close combat. Inflicts area damage. Good against archers and skirmishers.

Technologies Edit

Age Technology Cost Effect
Ages discovery
Pilgrimage Pilgrimage 250 food,
250 coin
Ships 1 Fattened Goat for every 2 minutes the game has passed, up to 30 minutes
Fasting Fasting 200 wood,
200 coin
Villager (and Fishing Boats) get -40% hit points but Settlers, Coureurs des Bois, Settler Wagons, and Villagers gather 10% faster (but not Fishing Boats)
Sharia Sharia 100 food,
100 coin
Villager train limit +10%

Trivia Edit

  • The Sufi Mosque resembles the Shrine of Ali mosque and overall it appears to be based on the architecture of Shiite mosques.
  • In the Sufi Mosque an elderly figure which looks similar to the Brahmin can be seen, although there is no correlation between them.

History Edit

This Holy Site is identical to a Native Trade Site. Allying with Natives allows a player to train special Native units, usually warriors, and also grants access to a group of improvements to that tribe. Native units do not cost any population spaces, but can only be built in limited numbers.

The word “sufi” first appeared in the 8th century and is considered to be a reference to the coarse wool garments worn by spiritual men who sought lives of spiritual harmony, free from bodily pleasure and in harmony with nature. The word “sufism” was first used in the 9th century, and became a blanket term for a variety of different forms of Islamic mysticism incorporating such disparate elements as Christian monasticism, gnosticism, and Indian mysticism.

Because Sufism encompasses a number of belief systems, its origins can be linked to a wide range of geographic regions and periods. However, many consider Sufism to have begun with the practice of Shiite Muslims in the 7th century in what is now Iraq, although others claim that Sufism predates Islam and simply used the other religion as a vehicle for its teachings.

Throughout its long history, Sufism has been criticized for its mystical elements. While it has made significant contributions to the spread of Islam and the development of Islamic culture, conservative Muslims still disagree with its abundance of non-Islamic customs.

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