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Sufi brotherhood beyond boundaries: Murad al-Bukhari’s (1640-1720) travels and residence in Istanbul
AuthorYılmaz, Mehmet Şakir
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CitationYılmaz, M. Ş., Sufi brotherhood beyond boundaries: Murad al-Bukhari’s (1640-1720) travels and residence in Istanbul, 23rd CIEPO Symposium 11-15 September 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria.
As a member of sayyid family, Murad al-Bukhari, was born in Samarkand, studied in India and resided in Hijaz, Damascus, Istanbul and Bursa. He left behind several works and many disciples when he died in Istanbul after a long and productive life at the age of 80. He was initiated to Nakshibandi tariqa by Shaykh Muhammad Masum al-Faruki in India at the age of 23. After a few years of training he went to pilgrimage, and after extensive journeys through Iraq and Persia, he resided in Damascus in 1669, where he and later on his descendants assumed the title of mufti of Hanafi ulama and nakib al-ashraf of Damascus. Murad Buhari’s successful missionary activities were probably the most important factor in spreading Nakshibandi-Mucaddidi order in the Ottoman lands. When he arrived in Istanbul in 1681, he was well received by high level Istanbul ulama and Sultan himself. A tekke in Eyup was left to his disposal by the Shayk al-Islam, where he did not stay long and left it over to his disciple. After 25 years he decided to turn Berraniyye madrasa of Damascus over to his son Muhammed Bahaeddin and came back to Istanbul, this time to reside permanently. His life and works can help us in understanding the intellectual boundaries of the Ottoman elites and their relations with distant Muslim lands in an age of transition.