‘People of God’ Part II

Nicholas Doumanis

in Before the Nation

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199547043
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746215 | DOI:
‘People of God’ Part II

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This chapter considers the ways in which popular religions in Anatolia overlapped, and why Muslims and Christians made a habit of crossing boundaries. ‘Popular’ Islam was replete with heterodoxies, particularly saint cults that were often attached to mystical traditions like the Dervishes. As with their Christian neighbours, Muslims had to develop their own extra-ecclesial understandings of the supernatural, and were just as dependent on religion for miracle-working powers. The close resemblance between these popular approaches to religion made it easy for Muslims and Christians to share shrines, saints and miracle-working substances. Another factor was the common Abrahamic tradition, which meant they were devoted to the same God and prophets. Most importantly, both communities shared the same understanding of the fundamental importance of ‘faith’ or belief’, and the extent to which faith made the formalities of religion meaningless.

Keywords: Syncretism; heterodoxies; miracles; Muslim saints; belief

Chapter.  8985 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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