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Islam: Saints and Sacred Geographies: Ottoman Empire
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During the immense temporal and geographical span of the Ottoman Empire the power of women saints was defined and identified in a variety of literary and archaeological sources (Araz 1966, Schimmel 1982). Women saints were given prominent roles within the history of Sufi orders, celebrated for their piety through their inclusion in saints’ lists, and worshiped in a variety of tombs throughout the Ottoman Empire. The status and treatment of women saints as well as women devotees’ use of sacred sp…

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Wolper, Ethel Sara, “Islam: Saints and Sacred Geographies: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0606d>
First published online: 2009

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