The Ottoman state and descendants of the prophet in Anatolia and the Balkans (c. 1500-1700)
Hülya, Canbakal (2009) The Ottoman state and descendants of the prophet in Anatolia and the Balkans (c. 1500-1700). Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 52 (3). pp. 542-578. ISSN 0022-4995
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156852009X458241
Throughout the Islamic world those claiming descent from the Prophet Muhammad (T. seyyid/serif pl. sadat/esraf) were (and are) accorded a special status. This article shows that the process of teseyyud ("seyyidization") not only took place through official awards, but also through appropriation. In the Ottoman Empire registers thus began to be kept of officially recognized sadat. The examination of these, largely un(der)studied, sources argues that the state sometimes employed its capacity to seyyidize for (cultural) political purposes. The article also sheds valuable light on Ottoman policies vis-a-vis tribalism and nomadism.
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