What Can the Şa<sup>ʿ</sup>bâniye Teach Us about Transitions in the early Modern Period of World History?

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:
What Can the Şaʿbâniye Teach Us about Transitions in the early Modern Period of World History?

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This concluding chapter discusses the important conclusions that can be drawn about the history of the Halveti order. It concludes that while the newly uncovered sources about the Halveti have provided some clarity on their origin, this should not be a distraction from the basic problem that the historical record suffers from the gaps which require further exploration and from the distortions which reflect the concerns of subsequent generations of Muslims who made that record. The chapter also concludes that caution must be applied in the interpretation of the development of such Sufi orders as the Halveti in the Ottoman Empire, for many of the sources which have been used to narrate their history emerged out a period from the late tenth/sixteenth to twelfth/eighteenth century where concerns about the legitimacy of Sufi orders like the Halveti had become increasingly prevalent. It further concludes that the transformation of the Muslim mystical thought which unfolded between the appearance of Ömer El-Halvetī and Ömer El-Fu'ādī remains an ongoing and an unfinished process, hence further exploration of the Halveti order is hoped for and assumed.

Keywords: Halveti order; Muslims; Sufi orders; Ottoman Empire; Muslim mystical thought; Ömer El-Halvetī; Ömer El-Fu'ādī

Chapter.  3237 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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