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In Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia, Ines Aščerić-Todd explores the involvement of Sufi orders within the formation of Muslim society within the first centuries of Ottoman rule in Bosnia (15th - sixteenth centuries C.E.). utilizing a variety of fundamental assets, Aščerić-Todd exhibits that Sufi traditions and the actions of dervish orders have been on the center of the non secular, cultural, socio-economic and political dynamics in Bosnia within the interval which witnessed the emergence of Bosnian Muslim society and the main in depth part of conversions of the Bosnian inhabitants to Islam. within the method, she additionally demanding situations the various proven perspectives concerning Ottoman guilds and the topic of futuwwa (Sufi code of honour).

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49; Ćehajić, Derviški redovi, p. 36. It has already been mentioned earlier in this chapter that it is not certain when Vrhbosna came under firm Ottoman control: the first Ottoman incursions in the area occurred as early as 1416, and some historians are of the opinion that Vrhbosna was under Ottoman rule continuously since 1436. This means that the road could have borne its name either Dervishes And The Ottoman Conquest Of Bosnia 39 The graveyard which is situated alongside the Gaziler Yolu, next to Alipasha’s mosque (Fig.

67 Sugar, Southeastern Europe, p. 53. 69 Although these kinds of simplifications may not be significant for his purposes, they nevertheless do have an impact on the subject as a whole. 71 This is not surprising, since, given, on the one hand, the Bosnian Muslims’ largely orthodox tradition, and, on the other, the implication that dervish orders’ ‘syncretism’ equals ‘heterodoxy’, it is hard to imagine finding any common ground between the Islam of Bosnian Muslims and that of dervish orders. 68 Sugar, Southeastern Europe, p.

A more detailed discussion of the Akhi corporations, and, in particular, their trade-guild organisation and character, will follow in Chapter 4. 15 Köprülü, Les Origines, p. 108. Dervishes And The Ottoman Conquest Of Bosnia 35 While the Ghazis were exclusively a military organisation, the Akhis, although they also had their army and weapons, tended to be of a more settled nature and existed in bigger towns where their members engaged in crafts and trade. However, due to the futuwwa character of their organisation the Akhis became closely linked with the Ghazis.

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