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Akhī (Ahi), is a name which was given to the heads of groups of young men (jawānmardān, fityān) and followers of the way of futuwwa, who were mostly artisans and craftsmen and were particularly active in Anatolia between the 7th/13th and 8th/14th centuries. This organisation, which had both a socio-economic and a religious dimension, was called the Akhiyya or Akhīgarī (Akhīlīq or Ahilik in Turkish).

Ibn Baṭṭūṭa (703–779/1304–1377), whose travelogue (Riḥla) is one of the prime sources on the Akhīs and their practices, says when describing al-Akhiyya al-fityān [‘the young Akhīs’] th…

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Dianat, Ali Akbar and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Akhī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0242>
First published online: 2015

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