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On the Study of Ottoman Mystical Traditions

John J. Curry

in The Transformation of Muslim Mystical Thought in the Ottoman Empire

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639236
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653225 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639236.003.0001
On the Study of Ottoman Mystical Traditions

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In studying the Ottoman Empire, several scholars have focused on the social, economic and political history of its various regions; few have focused on the field of religious and cultural history. Specialists in the field, regardless of nationality or ideology, have regarded the Ottoman period as one of cultural and intellectual stagnation, especially in its later years. Recently, however, scholars have begun to think more about the Ottomans and assess their important contributions to the religious, cultural and intellectual life of their time. This book aims to contribute to the growing literature on the Ottoman Empire by focusing specifically on the experiences of the founders of the Halveti order and its sub-branch, the Sa'Baniye. It provides a revised review of the Halveti origins during the transitional period following the Mongol invasions that culminated in the order's implantation in Ottoman society. Before examining the Halveti order and its sub-branch Sa'Baniye, this introductory chapter briefly discusses the basic ritual practices of the Halveti, re-examining the master narrative of the Halveti's origins and how they became Ottoman subjects.

Keywords: Ottoman Empire; Halveti order; Sa'Baniye; cultural history; religious history

Chapter.  5102 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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