Title

Some Reflections on the Fluidity of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in an Ottoman Sunni Context

Document Type

Book Section

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Publication Title

Ottoman Sunnism: New Perspectives

Publisher

Edinburgh University Press

First page number:

193

Last page number:

210

Abstract

Throughout their histories, there has been a strong tendency within religious traditions to differentiate between true and false doctrine and praxis, and Muslim communities were no exception. As a result, Muslim authors from the earliest periods of their recorded history have regularly produced arguments aimed at either defining themselves as falling within the orbit of the Muslim community and therefore ‘acceptable’, or defining others as ‘heterodox’ or ‘heretical’, thereby excluding them as outsiders to the community liable to persecution. These attempts at defining or policing the boundaries between legitimate and illegitimate thought and praxis were dramatically heightened by the modern...

Keywords

Ottoman sunnism; Religious traditions; Muslim communities; Orthodoxy; Heterodoxy

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | History | History of Religion | International and Area Studies | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Language

English


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