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Imperial And Other Projects

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This chapter asks how one might understand the ‘official roles’ which Suhrawardī may have played in his capacity as a public figure attached to the court of the caliph al-Nāṣir li-Dīn Allāh. Examining three instances where Suhrawardī’s own program intersected with that of his patron: his publication of a prescriptive creed written for a general audience, his composition of two manuals on the futuwwa intended for dissemination in Anatolia, and the composition of two polemics directed against the falāsifa, the chapter argues that Suhrawardī defended al-Nāṣir’s conception of the caliphate and also systematically de-centered contesting claims to religious and spiritual authority and repositioning it squarely in the hands of his own self-identified ṭā’ifa. Suhrawardī?s two manuals remain relevant to the akhī-fityān of Anatolia prior to the gradual submergence of their traditions in other social collectivities in the profound transformations wrought by the Ottoman imperial project.

Keywords: ṭā’ifa; al-Nāṣir li-Dīn Allāh; Anatolian akhilik; falāsifa; futuwwa; Ottoman imperial project; Suhrawardī



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