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Qualified “heterodoxy” in a 17th century Ḥurūfī muḳaddime
Freie Universität Berlin.
2012 (English)In: Orientalia Suecana, ISSN 0078-6578, Vol. 60, 151-162 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The contribution discusses a previously unpublished Ottoman Ḥurūfī prose text, the “Preface (muḳaddime) to the theology of Sayyid Nesīmī” (dated 1623/1624). The text reflects a variety of Ḥurūfī doctrine that is based on a system of twenty-nine “words” (lafẓ). It is interpreted as belonging to a late form of Ḥurūfism, which both in content and practice diverged from the original Ḥurūfī sect of the 14th–15th centuries. The muḳaddime’s particular emphasis on ritual prayer (ṣalāt, namāz) is interpreted as an effort to address the dominating conservative circles of the Ottoman Empire. At the same time, the muḳaddime is overtly critical of the Ottoman political system, including the sultan himself. In this regard, it reveals the cooperation of mystic currents with the political opposition. In a broader perspective, it is contextualized with the almost contemporary treatise of Muṣṭafā Ḳoči Beg.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University , 2012. Vol. 60, 151-162 p.
Keyword [en]
Islam, heterodoxy, mysticism, ritual prayer, Hurufism, crisis of the Ottoman Empire, 17th century
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Turkic languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-177296OAI: diva2:540032
Available from: 2012-07-09 Created: 2012-07-06 Last updated: 2012-07-09Bibliographically approved

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