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God's Unruly Friends Dervish Groups in the Islamic Later Middle Period, 1200-1550

ISBN-10: 1851684603
ISBN-13: 9781851684601
Edition: 2006
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Description: Wandering dervishes formed a prominent feature of most Muslim communities well into the modern period, surviving in some regions even today. Shocking in appearance, behavior, and speech, these social misfits were revered by the public, yet denounced  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 6/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Wandering dervishes formed a prominent feature of most Muslim communities well into the modern period, surviving in some regions even today. Shocking in appearance, behavior, and speech, these social misfits were revered by the public, yet denounced by cultural elites. God's Unruly Friends is the first in-depth and comprehensive survey of this enigmatic type of piety, tracing the history of the different dervish groups that roamed the lands in Western, Central and South Asia, as well as the Middle East and Southeast Europe.

Acknowledgments
Usage
Introduction
Renunciation through Social Deviance
Renunciation, Deviant Individualism, and Sufism
Ascetic Virtuosi
Plates
Dervish Groups in Full Bloom, 1200-1500
Dervish Groups in the Ottoman Empire, 1450-1550
Renunciation in the Later Middle Period
Conclusion
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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