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Contested Conversions to IslamNarratives of Religious Change in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire$
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Tijana Krstić

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773171

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773171.001.0001

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Muslims through Narratives

Muslims through Narratives

Textual Repertoires of Fifteenth-Century Ottoman Islam and Formation of the Ottoman Interpretative Communities

(p.26) Chapter One Muslims through Narratives
Contested Conversions to Islam
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This chapter focuses on Islamization, the process by which Islam emerged as a major phenomenon in the early Ottoman Empire. It looks at the production and dissemination of early Ottoman texts that instruct its readers and listeners how to become pious Muslims, ranging from more formal catechetical works such as 'ilm-i hāls to hagiographies of holy men and various other genres of dogmatic ('akāid) literature. It examines how Islamization in the early Ottoman polity was influenced by unique political and spiritual factors in thirteenth-century Anatolia and considers the concept of “textual” or interpretative communities—microsocieties organized around common understanding of a “text.” In particular, the chapter analyzes which texts and what kinds of cultural brokers contributed to the formation of these interpretive communities, what kinds of religious sensibilities they articulated, and how religious interpretation interacted with the understanding of history in the formation of interpretative communities in the early Ottoman polity.

Keywords:   Islamization, Ottoman Empire, Islam, Muslims, hagiographies, Anatolia, interpretative communities, texts, 'ilm-i hāls

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