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, term used in Turkey of a genre of popular poetry of religious inspiration, consisting of poems sung—without instrumental accompaniment—in chorus or solo during certain ceremonies; the ilāhī is thus distinguished from all other types of popular religious poetry by its melody and its use in ritual. Many texts not originally intended as ilāhīs may have become so later through the addition of an appropriate melody and been introduced in ceremonies which require the chanting of ilāhīs.

Ilāhīs were sung mainly at sessions of d̲h̲ikr in the convents ( tekke ) of the mystic orders; as muc…

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Boratav, P.N., “Ilāhī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3527>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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