By Ines A
In Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia, Ines Aščerić-Todd explores the involvement of Sufi orders within the formation of Muslim society within the first centuries of Ottoman rule in Bosnia (15th - sixteenth centuries C.E.). utilizing a variety of basic assets, Aščerić-Todd indicates that Sufi traditions and the actions of dervish orders have been on the middle of the non secular, cultural, socio-economic and political dynamics in Bosnia within the interval which witnessed the emergence of Bosnian Muslim society and the main extensive section of conversions of the Bosnian inhabitants to Islam. within the method, she additionally demanding situations a number of the tested perspectives concerning Ottoman guilds and the topic of futuwwa (Sufi code of honour).
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30 Here, it will suffice to say that while initially there were those who rejected the Ghazi theory wholesale, this view was later revised and many now agree that 26 ‘State’ is used here instead of ‘Empire’ in accordance with Wittek’s argument. 27 On the causes and nature of this crisis see note 18 above. 28 Wittek, The Rise of the Ottoman Empire, p. 47. 29 Wittek, The Rise of the Ottoman Empire, p. 49. 30 On this whole debate see Kafadar, Between Two Worlds, a work almost entirely devoted to this issue.
64 Sugar, Southeastern Europe. 65 Sugar, Southeastern Europe, p. 53. 66 Usually rendered in English as ‘saints’ or ‘holy men’, the term comes from the Qurʾanic phrase ‘awliyāʾ Allah’, which can be translated as ‘the men close to Allah’ or ‘the friends of Allah’, and in Sufism is used for those who are thought to have reached a particularly high ‘station’ (maqām) on their path towards God. 67 Sugar, Southeastern Europe, p. 53. 69 Although these kinds of simplifications may not be significant for his purposes, they nevertheless do have an impact on the subject as a whole.
Some of these troops, and dervishes among them, arrived in 22 introduction Bosnia long before the official conquest in 1463 and in some cases were there as early as the start of the 15th century. This chapter also looks for evidence of any dervish soldiers who may have stayed on in Bosnia following their military engagement, thus becoming the first representatives of Ottoman rule there, which, in turn, would have enabled them to be, if not active participants in, at least close witnesses to first conversions to Islam in those areas.
Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia: Sufi Dimensions to the Formation of Bosnian Muslim Society by Ines A