Genesis of a Sub-Branch: Şa<sup>ʿ</sup>bân-I Veli’s Struggles in Kastamonu

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:
Genesis of a Sub-Branch: Şaʿbân-I Veli’s Struggles in Kastamonu

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The exact date that Sa'bān-I Velī, who was a designated successor of Hayreddīn Tokadī, arrived in Kastamonu, is unclear. His hagiography is devoid of specific circumstances that led to his departure from Bolu; whether Tokadī sent him or whether he migrated to Kastamonu after the death of the shaykh is not obvious. What is clear, however, is that Sa'bān-I Velī spent the majority of his life as a resident of Kastamonu after leaving Bolu. This chapter discusses his development and his following in Kastamonu from his arrival during the 1520s to his death in 1569. The first section discusses the struggles and challenges faced by Sa'bān-I Velī in establishing himself as a Halveti shakyh in Kastamonu. The second section discusses the conflicts that rose within the Sa'bāniye under his rule.

Keywords: Sa'bān-I Velī; Kastamonu; Hayreddīn Tokadī; hagiography; Halveti shakyh

Chapter.  23511 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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