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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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The Muhammadan Path

The Muhammadan Path

(p.56) 3 The Muhammadan Path
Ottoman Puritanism and its Discontents

Mustapha Sheikh

Oxford University Press

This chapter initiates the textual excavation of Majālis al-abrār, proceeding first with an inquiry into al-Āqḥiṣārī’s conception of the spiritual path. There is an examination of al-Āqḥiṣārī’s advocacy of and commitment to Sufism, and the convergence of his outlook with the Naqshbandī path. It becomes clear that, despite obvious convergences, al-Āqḥiṣārī was unlikely to have been directly affiliated with the Naqshbandī order—more probably, his appropriation of central doctrines and key devotional practices associated with the order was but an element within a broader commitment towards reforming Ottoman Sufism, and therefore an aspect of the reformist vision associated with Birgili.

Keywords:   Aḥmad al-Rūmī al-Āqḥiṣārī, Naqshbandī Sufism, spiritual path, khalwa, rābiṭa, saints, Islamic theology

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