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Mystical Brotherhoods of the Heterodox Muslims in Religious Life and Confessional Relations in Rumeli during 15th–16th Centuries


Authors:
Krasimira Mutafova St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 201-236

Abstract:

Based on published and unpublished Ottoman documents, narrative sources and results from terrain researches of the author, an attempt is made to be followed the place and role of the mystical brotherhoods of heterodox Muslims in religious life and confessional relations in Rumeli during the 15th–16th centuries. On the basis of the local centers of religious life are outlined the correlations of these brotherhoods with the central authority and local population during the establishment of the Ottoman rule on the Balkans and in the new socio-political conditions and social atmosphere during 16th century. Special attention is paid to the role of the so-called uthraquistic (dual sanctuaries) in the confessional relations between Christians and Muslims in urban and rural patriarchal environment.

Keywords:

Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Rumeli, heterodox Islam, mystical brotherhoods, dual sanctuaries

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