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Early Sufism and the Origins of the Halveti Path, C. 900–1400

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/9780748639236.003.0002
Early Sufism and the Origins of the Halveti Path, C. 900–1400

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This chapter examines the chain of authorities that make up the Halveti silsile. It discusses the spiritual and chronological genealogy of religious figures anchoring the religious legitimacy of contemporary Halveti shakyhs by linking them to the founding figures of Islam. The chapter also discusses the extent to which Halveti conceptions of their distant past reflect what historians now know about the formative centuries of Islamic mysticism. This evaluation continues until the time of the collapse of the Mongol Ilkhanids and the turbulent decades that followed in the eighth/fourteenth century. It locates the true origins of the Halveti order among a mixture of influences, including the founders of the Suhwardiyya order in Baghdad, who inherited the mantle of the previous mystical trends in Islamic history.

Keywords: Halveti silsile; spiritual genealogy; chronological genealogy; Halveti shakyhs; Islamic mysticism; Mongol Ilkhanids; Halveti order

Chapter.  13932 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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