Caliphate Redefined: The Mystical Turn in Ottoman Political by Hüseyin Yılmaz

By Hüseyin Yılmaz

The medieval thought of the caliphate, epitomized by way of the Abbasids (750–1258), used to be the build of jurists who conceived it as a contractual management of the Muslim neighborhood in succession to the Prophet Muhammed’s political authority. during this ebook, Hüseyin Yilmaz lines how a brand new belief of the caliphate emerged below the Ottomans, who redefined the caliph as straight away a ruler, a non secular advisor, and a lawmaker equivalent to the prophet’s 3 natures.

Challenging traditional narratives that painting the Ottoman caliphate as a fading relic of medieval Islamic legislation, Yilmaz bargains a unique interpretation of authority, sovereignty, and imperial ideology through reading how Ottoman political discourse resulted in the mystification of Muslim political beliefs and redefined the caliphate. He illuminates how Ottoman Sufis reimagined the caliphate as a manifestation and extension of cosmic divine governance. The Ottoman Empire arose in Western Anatolia and the Balkans, the place charismatic Sufi leaders have been seemed to be God’s deputies on the earth. Yilmaz lines how Ottoman rulers, in alliance with an more and more strong Sufi institution, continually refashioned and legitimated their rule via mystical imageries of authority, and the way the caliphate itself reemerged as an ethical paradigm that formed early sleek Muslim empires.

A masterful paintings of scholarship, Caliphate Redefined is the 1st finished research of premodern Ottoman political concept to supply an in depth research of a wealth of formerly unstudied texts in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish.

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