Multiplication, Translocation and Adaptation: Ṣarī Ṣaltūq’s Multiple Embodied Localities Throughout the Balkans

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According to the Tuffāḥ al-arwāḥ, written around 715/1315, the historical Sarı Saltuq (alternatively, Sarı Saltıq, d. 697/1297), one of the most extraordinary dervish-saints of the Balkans, was affiliated with both the Rifāʿi and the Ḥaydarī Sufi orders, groups of dervishes who rejected the commonly accepted norms of Muslim piety and were known for their miraculous deeds. This and later accounts about Sarı Saltuq, which associate him with other Sufi communities, especially the Bektāshī and the Saʿdī, provide further insights into the dramatic embellishments that enrich the multi-layered cycles of legends about his myriad miracles, including the ability to ‘wear’ and adopt the identities of other saints. His miraculous ability to have multiple embodiments in life multiplied in death. This enabled him to become associated with various Sufi meeting places, mausolea, and memorial places throughout Eastern Europe, especially in Albania, Dobruja, Herzegovina, Thrace, and the Sanjak of Ohrid, religious border areas where Christianity and Islam meet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructing and Contesting Holy Places in Medieval Islam and Beyond
EditorsAndreas Görke, Mattia Guidetti
Place of PublicationLeiden and Boston
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-52532-0
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-52531-3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2023

Publication series

SeriesIslamic History and Civilization

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 603905 Islam
  • 605002 Cultural history
  • 603221 Spiritual theology
  • 603110 Metaphysics


  • holy places
  • Rifāʿi
  • Ḥaydarī
  • Bektāshī
  • Saʿdī
  • Yasavī
  • Sari Saltuk
  • mortification of the flesh
  • Evliyā Çelebī
  • Ibn Baṭṭūṭa
  • Frederick William Hasluck


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