The Popularisation of Sufism in Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt, 1173-1325 by Nathan HoferThe Popularisation of Sufism in Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt, 1173-1325 by Nathan Hofer

The Popularisation of Sufism in Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt, 1173-1325

byNathan Hofer

Hardcover | August 15, 2015

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After the fall of the Fatimid Empire in 1171 and the emergence of a new Sunni polity under the Ayyubids, Sufism came to extraordinary prominence in Egypt. The state founded and funded hospices to attract foreign Sufis, and local charismatic Sufi masters appeared throughout Upper and LowerEgypt. Organised Sufi brotherhoods emerged in the urban centres of Cairo and Alexandria, and even Jews took up the doctrines and practices of the Sufis. By the middle of the Mamluk period in the fourteenth century, Sufism had become massively popular. How and why did this popularisation happen? This book is the first to address the issue directly, surveying the social formation and histories of several different Sufi collectivities from the period. Nathan Hofer argues that the popularisation of Sufism during this time was the direct result ofdeliberate and variegated Sufi programmes of outreach, strategies of legitimation and performances of authority across Egypt. He shows that these programmes, strategies and performances are situated within the social and political contexts of the institutionalisation of Sufism, audienceparticipation and Ayyubid and Mamluk state policies.About the series: Medieval Islamic civilization was marked by its wide horizons. In this respect it differed profoundly from medieval Europe, which from the point of view of geography, ethnicity and population was much smaller and narrower in its scope and in its mindset. This intellectual opennesscan be sensed in many inter-related fields of Muslim thought: philosophy and theology, medicine and pharmacology, algebra and geometry, astronomy and astrology, geography and the literature of marvels, ethnology and sociology. Books in the Edinburgh Studies in Classical Islamic History and Cultureseries will explore this openness across a wide range of subjects.
Nathan Hofer received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently Assistant Professor of Islam in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. His research is broadly concerned with the social history of Sufism in the central Isla...
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Title:The Popularisation of Sufism in Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt, 1173-1325Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748694218

ISBN - 13:9780748694211

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