Fotovvat in Bosnia

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This article provides an overview of the fotovvat tradition in Bosnia, developed following the country’s conquest by the Ottomans in the 15th century and its subsequent incorporation into the Ottoman domain as the Western-most European province of the Ottoman Empire. I assess the extent to which the Bosnian fotovvat tradition related to and preserved the characteristics of its predecessors from the earlier periods of Islamic history, both the ‘classical’ variety of fotovvat from the 11th-13th centuries – as most significantly elaborated and defined in relation to Sufism first by Mohammad ebn al-Hosayn al-Solami (d. 1021) and later by Abu Hafs ʿOmar al-Sohravardi (d. 1234) – and the later manifestations of fotovvat in the form of the Anatolian akhi brotherhoods from the 14th-15th centuries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJavanmardi
Subtitle of host publicationThe Ethics and Practice of Persianate Perfection
EditorsLloyd Ridgeon
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGingko Library
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781909942318
ISBN (Print)9781909942158
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2018


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