'Allahi Zikr Edilim' (Let Us Do Zikr for Allah): The sabbatian appropriation of the sufi practice of Zikr as religious renewal

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Abstract

This article introduces the idea of religious renewal as it was manifested in the ritual practices of the Sabbatian Maaminim of Salonica-followers of Shabbtai Tzvi who converted from Judaism to Islam during the 1680s, in the footsteps of their Messiah. The religious renewal of the Maaminim is demonstrated by the appropriation of the Sufi-Muslim practice, known as zikr, as part of their ritual singing. The appropriation of zikr practices by the Maaminim is understood in the context of the rise of this practice throughout all of Ottoman Muslim society, specifically as part of ilahi singing, demonstrating religious innovation in Ottoman culture at the beginning of the modern era.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalZutot
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ma aminim
  • Ottoman culture
  • Sabbatianism
  • early modern period
  • esoteric Islam
  • religious innovation
  • ritual practices
  • sacred songs

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