April 10, 2014, 4:30pm
The Sufi King: Religion and Governance in Pre-Ottoman Anatolia
Presenter: Ali Karjoo-Ravary, University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center Graduate Student Colloquium 13-14
Location: David Rittenhouse Laboratory (209 South 33rd Street) Room:3C4

Kadi Burhaneddin (1345 - 1398) was the Sultan of Sivas in Anatolia right before the dawn of the Ottoman Empire. Though celebrated as a poet and legal scholar, recent research shows that he was also an accomplished Sufi theoretician of the school of Ibn al-Arabi. This paper reevaluates his life in light of this while considering the broader influence of Ibn al-Arabi’s teachings on the political elite of the Persianate world.

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