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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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Innovation (Bidʿa)

Innovation (Bidʿa)

(p.99) 4 Innovation (Bidʿa)
Ottoman Puritanism and its Discontents

Mustapha Sheikh

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the principal concern of the Majālis, namely the discussion of innovations (bidʿa) in ritual worship. Al-Āqḥiṣārī cites some of the most famous texts penned on the subject but, as the chapter demonstrates, no text within this literary genre is as influential on his thinking as Iqtidā’ al-ṣirāṭ al-mustaqīm of Shaykh al-Islām IbnTaymiyya. Since no explicit mention of the Iqtidā’ is made in the Majālis, a detailed textual comparison is undertaken in order to demonstrate the places in the text where al-Āqḥiṣārī either cites verbatim or paraphrases parts of the Iqtidā’. A further aim of the chapter is to bring to light those aspects of al-Āqḥiṣārī’s reform programme that justify him being linked to the Qāḍīzādelis.

Keywords:   Aḥmad al-Rūmī al-Āqḥiṣārī, innovation/bidʿa, Ibn Taymiyya, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, shaking hands, Raghā’ib, dhikr

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