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Ottoman Puritanism and its Discontents: Ahmad al-Rumi al-Aqhisari and the Qadizadelis

ISBN : 9780198790761

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Author: 
Mustapha Sheikh
Pages
256 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
135 x 216 mm
Pub date
Nov 2016
Series
Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs
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Ottoman Puritanism and Its Discontents: A.hmad al-=Aq.hi.sar=I and the Qa.d=Izadelis considers the emergence of a new activist Sufism in the Muslim world from the sixteenth century onwards, which emphasized personal responsibility for putting God's guidance into practice. Mustapha Sheikh focuses specifically on developments at the centre of the Ottoman Empire, but also considers both how they might have been influenced by the wider connections and engagements of learned and holy men and how their influence might have been spread from the Ottoman Empire to South Asia in particular. The immediate focus is on the Qa.d=Izadeli movement which flourished in Istanbul from the 1620s to the 1680s and which inveighed against corrupt scholars and heterodox Sufis. Up to now this movement has been seen as proto-Wahhab=I, proto-fundamentalist or otherwise retrograde. By studying the relationship between A.hmad al-R=um=I al-=Aq.hi.sar=I's magisterial Majalis al-abrar and Qa.d=Izadeli beliefs, Sheikh places both author and the movement in an Ottoman, .Hanaf=I, and Sufi milieu. Moreover, the study suggests that the impact of the Majalis al-abrar on the Qa.d =Izadelis had the outcome in the second half of the seventeenth century of increasing the violence of their activists, a development which ultimately led to their downfall.

Index: 

Transliteration Guide
Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Ottoman Puritanism
2 The Third Man
3 The Muhammadan Path
4 Innovation (Bidca)
5 Forbidding Evil
Conclusion
Bibliography

About the author: 

Dr Mustapha Sheikh is Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds.

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