Sufism and the urban development of Ottoman Bosnia

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This article looks at the role of Sufi lodges in the formation and subsequent urban development of Bosnian towns in the early centuries of Ottoman rule there. In that period, the 15th and the 16th centuries, Sufi lodges were built in Bosnia by both unknown Sufi settlers and high-ranking Ottoman officials who were patrons of Sufism, and, whether modest, one or two-room houses by the road, or more substantial buildings with lodgings for young Sufi apprentices, Sufi rituals and prayer rooms, courtyards and fountains, these lodges in many cases served as foundation stones for the development of new Middle Eastern-style towns in Bosnia. The article examines more closely several representative cases of lodges which were the earliest Muslim edifices built on the site of today’s Bosnian capital of Sarajevo and were at the heart of its urban development into a typical cosmopolitan Ottoman city.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRevista Âyiné
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2018


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