This book continues Brill’s prestigious series ‘The Ottoman Empire and its Heritage—Politics, Society and Economy’; its author holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and currently teaches Arabic language and literature at the University of Edinburgh. On both counts, readers may expect well-documented and balanced argument properly fitted to established scholarship on the history and role of Sufi/dervish orders in Bosnia and the Balkans more widely: they will not be disappointed.

Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia has three major parts. The first looks, through the early stages of the Ottoman conquest and settlements of Bosnia, the establishment of urban centres, etc., at the Sufi contribution to this early development of ‘Bosnian Muslim Society’. To a great extent the Sufis stood for a pacifying...

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