Contending with Crisis: Sacred Bodies and the Ottoman Quest for Order in the Long 17th Century (c. 1574-1720)

Rao Mohsin Ali Noor
This dissertation explores the transformation of early modern Ottoman religio-politicaland religio-social thought and practice between the late 16th and early 18th century. It shows how, in this pivotal period characterized by economic, political, ecological, and law and order crises in the Ottoman Empire, an increased preoccupation with mysticaloccult forms of embodied religion manifested itself at the level of the court in Istanbul, as well as at the level of broader Ottoman society in the Anatolian...
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