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Kaygusuz Abdal: A Medieval Turkish Saint and the Formation of Vernacular Islam in Anatolia

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The archaeology of the religious lives of Turkish speakers in late medieval and early modern Anatolia is in many ways still in its infancy. Much rarer are the actual, direct voices of the abdals themselves in the form of their own textual compositions, and it is against this backdrop that the towering figure of Kaygusuz Abdal comes into view as a prolific abdal author and poet who left behind a vast textual legacy. Kaygusuz Abdal has a fascinating literary and poetic voice. This chapter focuses on those aspects of his thought that enable us to situate him, and by extension the category of popular Muslim saints commonly identified in our sources as abdal or dervis, vis-a-vis another large category of Muslim mystical leaders, who appear as sufi and/or mutasavvɩf. The chapter examines the basis of Kaygusuz Abdal's works, and focuses on the startlingly dream-like Kitab-ɩ Maglata.

Keywords: early modern Anatolia; Kaygusuz Abdal; Muslim mystical leaders; Muslim saints; sufi



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