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The Popularisation of Sufism in Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt, 1173-1325 - Edinburgh Scholarship Online
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The Popularisation of Sufism in Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt, 1173-1325

Nathan Hofer

Abstract

After the fall of the Fatimid Empire in 1171 and the emergence of a new Sunni polity under the Ayyubids, Sufism came to extraordinary prominence in Egypt. The state founded and funded hospices to attract foreign Sufis to Egypt; local charismatic Sufi masters appeared throughout Upper and Lower Egypt; organized Sufi brotherhoods emerged in the urban centers of Cairo and Alexandria; and even Jews took up the doctrines and practices of the Sufis. By the middle of the Mamluk period in the fourteenth century, Sufism had become massively popular. How and why did this popularisation happen? This book ... More

Keywords: Ayyubid, Mamluk, Egypt, Popularity of Sufism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748694211
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694211.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan Hofer, author
Assistant Professor of Islam, University of Missouri

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