Sufism: Mystic Life In The Ottoman Empire

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Sufism was important part of Ottoman religious, political, social and cultural life. In modern times people have come to think that the mysticism(tasavvuf) is separated from life. However, this idea is a mistake in historiography and what is known as an anachronism -a thing belonging to or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists-. It is a fact that in the 13th century the study of metaphysics was at the center of i’lim. Today we understand the rational mind from information, for, concepts change their meaning over time. This study will examine mystic life in the Ottoman Empire in the context of Ibrahim Edhem Efendi in order to refute these modern conceptions. Because, he is a sheikh, both an artisan and a scholar, we need good understanding of Naqshbandiyya in late Ottoman Empire to better understand his life and contexr.
In this study we will examine the naqshibandis in the late Ottoman Empire, the Uzbek’s Tekke and the biography of Ibrahim Edhem Efendi. Our research methodology included carrying out a literature review and studying archival documents.

2. NAQSHBANDIYYA IN LATE OTTOMAN EMPİRE The concept of the illustrious eponym who founds a tariqa, in the double sense of mystical way and Sufi brotherhood, is powerful. Sufis might celebrate a tariqa founder while viewing their respective mystical ways as traditions extending via the silsilas all the way back to the Prophet Muhammad. Moreover, tariqas did not emerge from nothing, rather they

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