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In charting the contours of the political history of the central and eastern lands of Islamdom between the 4th/10th and 7th/13th centuries as they came to converge in the figure of al-Nāṣir li-Dīn Allāh, this book shows why the caliph may have found it useful to capitalize upon the authority wielded by someone like Suhrawardī. As with the institutional confluence, in reading those traces which Suhrawardī left behind in his own texts, the book shows that the discursive enunciations of such an individual should be located within a broader economy of religious discourse among the ulama. In publicly writing his own identity through that of the particular ṭā’ifa for whom he spoke Suhrawardī pursued a strategy of inclusion through circumscription. This chapter recalls that in the particular Sufi ribāṭs which al-Nāṣir patronized one meets with what was certainly a powerful and creative articulation of the Sufi tradition on the ascendancy.

Keywords: ṭā’ifa; al-Nāṣir li-Dīn Allāh; Islamdom; ribāṭ; Sufism; Suhrawardī; ulama



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