An Uneven Legacy: the Succession to Şa<sup>ʿ</sup>bân-I Veli̇ to the End of the Tenth/Sixteenth Century

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:
An Uneven Legacy: the Succession to Şaʿbân-I Veli̇ to the End of the Tenth/Sixteenth Century

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For the population of the Ottoman Empire, the death of the long-lived Sultan Süleymān ushered in a period of growing instability. Worsening the social and religious tensions of the age was the impending arrival of the Muslim millennium in 1000/1591, and the political and economic tensions unleashed by the Ottoman Empire. For the Sa'Baniye order in Kastamonu, the uncertainty was doubled by the death of Sa'bān-I Velī shortly after the death of Süleymān. Despite these challenges, the core membership of the order rallied around its leaders and principles, and a disparate group of several successors to Sa'bān's legacy emerged who succeeded in maintaining his legacy. This chapter discusses Sa'bān's successors, and the challenges faced by his nascent sub-branch's followers in the decades after his passing. It looks at the order immediately after Sa'bān's death, the stabilisation efforts of the order and Sa'bān's successors: Osmān Efendī, Hayreddīn Efendī, Muhyiddin Efendī and Ömer El-Fu'ādī.

Keywords: Ottoman Empire; Sa'Baniye; Kastamonu; 'bān's successors; Osmān Efendī; Hayreddīn Efendī; Muhyiddin Efendī; Ömer El-Fu'ādī

Chapter.  18809 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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