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 notion of the caliphate emerged below the Ottomans, who redefined the caliph as instantaneously a ruler, a non secular advisor, and a lawmaker reminiscent of the prophet’s 3 natures.
Challenging traditional narratives that painting the Ottoman caliphate as a fading relic of medieval Islamic legislations, Yilmaz bargains a singular interpretation of authority, sovereignty, and imperial ideology via reading how Ottoman political discourse ended 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 appeared to be God’s deputies on the earth. Yilmaz lines how Ottoman rulers, in alliance with an more and more robust 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 glossy Muslim empires.
A masterful paintings of scholarship, Caliphate Redefined is the 1st finished examine of premodern Ottoman political inspiration to supply an intensive research of a wealth of formerly unstudied texts in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish.
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