Sufi Visionary of Ottoman Damascus: 'Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi, 1641-1731, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Sufi Visionary of Ottoman Damascus

'Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi, 1641-1731, 1st Edition

By Elizabeth Sirriyeh


188 pages

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'Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi (1641 to1731) was the most outstanding scholarly Sufi of Ottoman Syria. He was regarded as the leading religious poet of his time and as an excellent commentator of classical Sufi texts. At the popular level, he has been read as an interpreter of symbolic dreams. Moreover, he played a crucial role in the transmission of the teachings of the Naqshabandiyya in the Ottoman Empire, and he contributed to the eighteenth-century Sufi revival via his disciples. This pioneering book analyzes important aspects of al-Nabulusi's work and places him in the historical context.


'Sirriyeh's book makes a fresh contribution to our understanding of Sufi life and thought in the pre-modern era of Islam. It provides new insights into Sufi manifestations of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and adds to the ongoing debates around the concept of "Neo-Sufism".' - Itzchak Weismann, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Volume 40 Number 2, December 2006

Table of Contents

Preface Abbreviations 1. The Making of a Scholarly Saint 2. The Spiritual Song of Ibn 'Arabí 3. The Naqshabandí Recluse 4. Interpreter of True Dreams 5. Solitude in a Crowd 6. 'A New Kind of Mystical Travel Literature' 7. Last Years in Salihiyya, 1707 to 1731 Conclusion: 'The Illustrious Mystic' and 'Sultan of the Learned' Bibliography Index

About the Author

Elizabeth Sirriyeh is Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds. She is the author of Sufis and Anti-Sufis: the Defence, Rethinking and Rejection of Sufism in the Modern World (1999).

About the Series

Routledge Sufi Series

The Routledge Sufi Series provides short introductions to a variety of facets of the subject, which are accessible both to the general reader and the student and scholar in the field. Each book will be either a synthesis of existing knowledge or a distinct contribution to, and extension of, knowledge of the particular topic. The two major underlying principles of the Series are sound scholarship and readability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Middle East / General
RELIGION / Islam / Sufi
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies