This chapter explores the background and implications of Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi's treatise in defense of the Ottoman Sufi and poet Niyāzī al-Miṣrī, whose critical edition I provide in a separate chapter of this volume. This treatise is an important source for situating Nabulusi in the contemporary religious landscape and more specifically for reconstructing his network in Ottoman Turkey, where he had a number of correspondents and his pamphlets circulated widely. In this chapter, I will first outline the polemical background of Miṣrī’s teaching on the prophetic status of Ḥasan and Ḥusayn and the reasons behind Nābulusī's involvement with this issue. I will then present an analysis of the treatise’s title, and finally compare Nābulusī’s response to those of other Ottoman contemporaries. Overall, this treatise shows the relevance of Sufi hagiology to the political discourse in the Ottoman world, and more specifically how it was used in order to express dissent against the religious policy of confessionalization enacted by the the Ottoman state at the end of the 17th century.

Timeless Typologies and New Individualities: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī, Niyâzî-i Mısrî and the Sufi Theory of Sainthood in the Early Modern Ottoman World

Samuela Pagani
2019-01-01

Abstract

This chapter explores the background and implications of Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi's treatise in defense of the Ottoman Sufi and poet Niyāzī al-Miṣrī, whose critical edition I provide in a separate chapter of this volume. This treatise is an important source for situating Nabulusi in the contemporary religious landscape and more specifically for reconstructing his network in Ottoman Turkey, where he had a number of correspondents and his pamphlets circulated widely. In this chapter, I will first outline the polemical background of Miṣrī’s teaching on the prophetic status of Ḥasan and Ḥusayn and the reasons behind Nābulusī's involvement with this issue. I will then present an analysis of the treatise’s title, and finally compare Nābulusī’s response to those of other Ottoman contemporaries. Overall, this treatise shows the relevance of Sufi hagiology to the political discourse in the Ottoman world, and more specifically how it was used in order to express dissent against the religious policy of confessionalization enacted by the the Ottoman state at the end of the 17th century.
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