God's Unruly Friends

Pages: 192
Subject: Religion: Islam
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

God's Unruly Friends

Dervish Groups in the Islamic Middle Period 1200-1550

Ahmet T. Karamustafa

The definitive appraisal of dervish piety, tracing the history of the different dervish groups that roamed Asia, the Middle East and Southeast Europe.

The Book

Wandering dervishes formed a prominent feature of most Muslim communities well into the modern period, surviving in some regions even today. Shocking in appearance, behavior, and speech, these social misfits were revered by the public, yet denounced by cultural elites. /God's Unruly Friends/ is the first in-depth and comprehensive survey of this enigmatic type of piety, tracing the history of the different dervish groups that roamed the lands. As the definitive appraisal of this neglected topic, /God's Unruly Friends/ will fascinate both scholars of religion and those who seek to challenge and broaden their conception of Islam.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Pages 192
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Ahmet T. Karamustafa is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He has edited numerous articles and edited books on Islam.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Renunciation through Social Deviance

3. Renunciation, Deviant Individualism, and Sufism

4. Ascetic Virtuosi

5. Dervish Groups in Full Bloom, 1200-1500

6. Dervish Groups in the Ottoman Empire, 1450-1550

7. Renunciation in the Later Middle Period

8. Conclusion