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Caliphate Redefined: The Mystical Turn in Ottoman Political Thought

Hüseyin Yilmaz


The medieval theory of the caliphate, epitomized by the Abbasids (750–1258), was the construct of jurists who conceived it as a contractual leadership of the Muslim community in succession to the Prophet Muhammed's political authority. This book traces how a new conception of the caliphate emerged under the Ottomans, who redefined the caliph as at once a ruler, a spiritual guide, and a lawmaker corresponding to the prophet's three natures. Challenging conventional narratives that portray the Ottoman caliphate as a fading relic of medieval Islamic law, the book offers a novel interpretation of ... More

Keywords: caliphate, Muslim community, Ottomans, Ottoman caliphate, Ottoman Sufis, Ottoman Empire, medieval Islamic law, Muslim political ideals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691197135
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691197135.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hüseyin Yilmaz, author
George Mason University