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Ottoman Puritanism and its DiscontentsAhmad al-Rumi al-Aqhisari and the Qadizadelis$
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Mustapha Sheikh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790761.001.0001

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Ottoman Puritanism and its Discontents

Mustapha Sheikh

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces Aḥmad al-Rūmī al-Āqḥiṣārī and his tome, Majālis al-abrār, as well as serving as a cornerstone for a reassessment of Qāḍīzādeli activism more generally. Al-Āqḥiṣārī’s thought is situated, via a textual excavation, within the intellectual and religious milieu of Ottoman Turkey. This is in fact the only way to reconstruct al-Āqḥiṣārī’s thought since a straightforward biographical account of his life and work is hindered by a lack of sources—indeed, the only mention that he receives in the addendum (dhayl) to Kātib Çelebi’s Kashf al-ẓunūn is a brief statement, and in any case misidentifies him as a shaykh of the Khalwatī order. This chapter also introduces the themes and specific content of Majālis al-abrār, as well as the authorities cited by al-Āqḥiṣārī.

Keywords:   Aḥmad al-Rūmī al-Āqḥiṣārī, Ottoman Empire/Turkey, Sufism, Ḥanafī law/jurisprudence, kalām, Islamic theology

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