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Longing for the Lost CaliphateA Transregional History$
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Mona Hassan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691166780

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691166780.001.0001

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Manifold Meanings of Loss: Ottoman Defeat, Early 1920s

Manifold Meanings of Loss: Ottoman Defeat, Early 1920s

(p.142) Chapter 4 Manifold Meanings of Loss: Ottoman Defeat, Early 1920s
Longing for the Lost Caliphate

Mona Hassan

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers a protracted poetic debate between one of the last Ottoman şeyhülislams Mustafa Sabri and the Egyptian Prince of Poets Aṭmad Shawqī, conducted through the Egyptian press in the 1920s, to illustrate how modern regional contexts and professional affiliations created divergent interpretations of the Ottoman Caliphate's significance, even among those Muslim elites who shared an intense devotion to defending its legacy. For Mustafa Sabri, who hailed from the Ottoman religious hierarchy, the abolition of the caliphate meant a loss of the primacy of Islamic law, whereas for Aṭmad Shawqī, who assailed the British with his poetic pen, it meant the loss of the last great Muslim power in an age of colonialism.

Keywords:   Mustafa Sabri, Aṭmad Shawqī, Islamic caliphate, Ottoman Caliphate, Muslims, Islamic law, colonialism

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