Sufism and Society in the Ottoman Empire | John Curry

117.    Tekkes and Tariqas

Sufism has played an important role in Muslim spiritual, intellectual, and political life since the earliest periods of Islam's spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In this episode, John Curry discusses the history of Sufism and its place during the Ottoman period, exploring the intellectual, political, and social dimensions of Sufi movements.


John J. Curry is an Assistant Professor of History at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (see faculty page)
Nir Shafir is a PhD candidate at UCLA studying Ottoman intellectual history (see
Emrah Safa Gürkan is an Assistant Professor at 29 Mayıs University whose research focuses on the early modern Mediterranean (see


Curry, John J., and Erik S. Ohlander. Sufism and Society: Arrangements of the Mystical in the Muslim World, 1200-1800. London: Routledge, 2012.

Curry, John J. The Transformation of Muslim Mystical Thought in the Ottoman Empire The Rise of the Halveti Order, 1350-1650. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

Curry, John J. "Defending the Cult of Saints in Seventeenth-Century Kastamonu" in Colin Imber and Keiko Kiyotaki. Frontiers of Ottoman Studies State, Province, and the West. Volume 1 Volume 1. London: I.B. Tauris, 2005.


On the site of the Halal Monk site there's related and intersting interview with Steffen Stelzer on Sufism in Turkey today.

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