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Author Emre, Side, author.

Title Ibrahim-i Gulshani and the Khalwati-Gulshani Order : power brokers in Ottoman Egypt / by Side Emre
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2017]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 431 pages)
Series Studies on Sufism ; v. 1
Studies on Sufism ; v. 1.
Contents Introduction -- Review of scholarship and contribution -- Who were the Gulsenis? -- Muyi-yi Gulseni (d. ca. 1014/1606) : the champion Dervish author, archivist, and historian of the Gulsenis and the Gulseniye legacy -- Methodology of power brokers as a project in historical Sufism studies -- A note on sources and methods : how to interpret hagiographies? -- A critical evaluation of sources -- Organization of the book -- Gulseni's biography in the hagiographical imagination (ca. 846-916/1442-1510) -- A road map to the interpretation of Gulseni's early life -- Beginnings of a lifelong engagement in politics and mysticism : an interpretive analysis of Gulseni's Aqquyunlu years (ca. 846-905/1442-1500) -- Diyarbakir as failed shelter : Ibrahim in Anatolia (ca. 905-16/1500-10) -- Reasons for Ibrahim's avoidance of Ottoman realms -- Arrival in a safe haven : Gulseni's early years in Mamluk Egypt (913 or -- 916-923/1507 or 1510-17) -- A sacred land, a holy man, and a mission -- Egypt : the land of myth and promises -- Perspectives on Gulseni's reception in Cairo and interactions with the Alveti peers as a segue to relations with the Mamluks -- Gulseni's relationships with the last two Mamluk rulers -- Gulseni and al-Ghawri : a complex friendship as depicted in the hagiographies -- Suspicious counsel on a sensitive topic and the consequences for Gulseni -- Gulseni and Uman Bay : a tale of persecution -- Observations about the end of the Mamluks -- After the Ottoman conquest : a new life begins (923-31/1517-25) -- The 923/1517 Ottoman conquest of Egypt in historiography, the Messianic conqueror, and a Alveti saint -- Under layers of hagiographical revision : Gulseni on the Ottomans and the repercussions of a controversial marriage -- Recruiting Mamluk and Ottoman soldiers : Gulseni's strategies to secure protection and patronage -- Gulseni's Melami Mesreb -- The establishment of the Gulseniye lodge complex (925-31/1519-25) -- Bab Zuwayla : a historic gate of eclectic symbolism -- The Cairo Gulseniye lodge (Tk. tekye) : the land and the deed -- Patterns of patronage -- Issues surrounding terminology and function -- Architecture as evidence of power -- Heresy, religious innovation, and law in Egypt (928-31/1522-25) -- The curious case of Gulseni's heresy in historical records : a textual analysis -- The background to heresy accusations against Gulseni -- An alleged heretic in action : discourses to define heresy, Gulseni's interlocutors, and their claims -- Muyi's defense of Gulseni -- A carefully crafted piety : a review of the origins of Gulseni's spirituality, literary inspirations, and select ouvre -- Who is an ideal sufi? : a reconsideration of the "heretical" Gulsenis in the context of the "Ottoman way" -- In the twilight of heresy : contesting depictions of the ideal sufi shaykh -- The "Ottoman way" and its critics : interpretations of law, customs, and heresy in the empire and its province -- Later Egypt years (930-31/1524-25) and the conflict between Gulseni and Amed Pasha -- The confrontation of a Qub/shah versus a self-professed Circassian sultan for leadership of the sacred land -- Conclusion to the Amed Pasha-Gulseni conflict : who won and at what cost? -- The calculated imperial backlash : the peaceful arrival of the sultan's favorite in Egypt -- An expedition for a unique project : the "Ottomanization of Egypt," a new imperial message authored by young Suleyman's administration and the strong response of the people of Egypt -- Gulseni's final years and the Gulseniye legacy (931-1019/1525-1610) -- The confrontation of the infamous believer and the persona-non-grata saint -- The conquest of Istanbul : the dynamics of Gulseni's various interrogations -- A statement of affection and power : Gulseni's petition to Sulan Suleyman and the unique structure of its calligraphic signature -- Gulseni's final years -- Gulseni's heirs and the founder's legacy in the eleventh/seventeenth century -- Successors to Gulseni and a reinterpretation of the founder's legacy in the eleventh/seventeenth century : finally an "Ottomanized" Gulseniye? -- The mystical and cultural legacy of the Gulseniye in historical context -- Conclusion : power brokers in retrospect
Summary In Power Brokers in Ottoman Egypt, Side Emre documents the biography of Ibrahim-i Gulshani and the history of the Khalwati-Gulshani order of dervishes (c. 1440-1600). Set mainly in Mamluk-Egypt, and in the century following the region's conquest by the Ottomans, this book analyzes sociopolitical dialogues at the geographic peripheries of an empire through the actions of and official responses to the Gulshaniyya network. Emre argues that the members of this Sufi order exerted social and political leverage and contributed significantly to the political culture of the empire and Egypt. The Gulshanis are uncovered as unexpected figures among the roster of influential players, in contrast with empire-centered historiographies that depict Ottoman ruling/learned elites as the primary shapers/narrators of the fates of conquered provinces and peoples. The Gulshanis' political and cultural legacy is situated within an analysis of perceptions of Sufism in the early modern Ottoman world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 08, 2017)
Subject İbrahim bin Muhammed Gülşenî, -1534.
Muhyî-yi Gülşenî.
İbrahim bin Muhammed Gülşenî, -1534
Muhyî-yi Gülşenî
Khalwatīyah -- History
RELIGION -- Islam -- General.
Egypt -- History -- 1250-1517.
Egypt -- History -- 16th century
Turkey -- History -- Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017006413
ISBN 9789004341371