Sufi Shaykhs and Society in Thirteenth and Fifteenth Century Anatolia: Spiritual Influence and Rivalry

Journal of Islamic Studies 24 (1):1-24 (2013)

Abstract
Following the last quarter of the eleventh century, the number of Sufi groups and of their adherents increased in parallel with the Turkicization and Islamization of Anatolia. The shaykhs at the head of these groups became important figures in society. The influence of Islamic mysticism carried on from the past, combined with the positive image the Sufi shaykhs secured by their service to the people, enabled them to exert a powerful spiritual influence over the populace. That influence was the basis of a position of privilege vis-à-vis the ruling elites as well as the ordinary people; over time, for all its grounding in religious authority, this privilege accrued a worldly dimension. It is noticeable that the most influential of the Sufi shaykhs found it difficult to share influence with fellow shaykhs of different affiliation in different regions. This paper describes and explains their competition in connection with their sociopolitical standing and influence. In this regard, it aims firstly to examine the reasons for the spiritual influence enjoyed by the shaykhs, and the impact of those reasons on how the shaykhs were perceived by the people in thirteenth and fifteenthcentury Anatolia. The competition among the shaykhs is presented through analysis of their relations as recorded in historical and hagiographical sources from the period
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/jis/ets067
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 47,385
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Tawba in the Sufi Psychology of Abū Ṭālib Al-MakkĪ.Atif Khalil - 2012 - Journal of Islamic Studies 23 (3):294-324.
Activist Group Tactics to Influence Companies.Frank G. A. de Bakker & Frank de Hond - 2007 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 18:339-344.
The Mysticism of Sound and Music.Inayat Khan - 1996 - Distributed in the United States by Random House.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-01-22

Total views
3 ( #1,225,358 of 2,291,314 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #398,154 of 2,291,314 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes

Sign in to use this feature