Title

Between Center and Periphery: The Development of the Sufi Fatwa in Late-Medieval Egypt

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2011

Publication Title

Sufism and Society: Arrangements of the Mystical in the Muslim World, 1200–1800 C.E.

Department

Religion

Abstract

In recent years, many historians of Islamic mysticism have been grappling in sophisticated ways with the difficulties of essentialism. Reconceptualising the study of Islamic mysticism during an under-researched period of its history, this book examines the relationship between Sufism and society in the Muslim world, from the fall of the Abbasid caliphate to the heyday of the great Ottoman, Mughal and Safavid empires. Treating a heretofore under-researched period in the history of Sufism, this work establishes previously unimagined trajectories for the study of mystical movements as social acto.