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Title: An Ottoman Prince Wearing a Qizilbash Tāj
Subtitle: The Enigmatic Career of Sultan Murad and Qizilbash Affairs in Ottoman Domestic Politics, 1510-1513
Author(s): YILDIRIM, Rıza
Journal: Turcica
Volume: 43    Date: 2011   
Pages: 91-119
DOI: 10.2143/TURC.43.0.2174065

Abstract :
When he rose to power, Shāh Ismā'īl inaugurated a fierce struggle against the Ottoman Empire. In the official framework established by the Ottoman ulemā and bureaucrats, Qizilbashes were pictured as sectarian heretics threatening the true way of Islam and the unity of Muslims while Ottoman dynasty was promoted as the champion of anti-Qizilbash fight, thus the patron of Sunni Muslims. This article challenges this approach through examining the political career of a prominent Ottoman prince, Sultan Murad, whose Qizilbash affiliation is evident. It argues that the Ottoman dynasty was by no means immune to the Qizilbash movement.



Une fois au pouvoir, Shāh Ismā'īl entreprit un lutte acharnée contre l’Empire ottoman. Dans le cadre officiel établi par les oulémas et les bureaucrates ottomans, les qizilbash étaient représentés comme des hérétiques sectaires menaçant le droit chemin de l’islam et l’unité des musulmans tandis que la dynastie ottomane se voyait attribuer le rôle de champion de la lutte anti-qizilbash, donc celui de patron des musulmans sunnites. L’article remet en question cette approche en examinant la carrière politique d’un prince ottoman important, Sultan Murad, dont l’affiliation au mouvement qizilbash est évidente. Il entend que la dynastie ottomane ne fut absolument pas épargnée par le mouvement qizilbash.

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