International Symposium of Mysticism in Amasya Throughout History


Mysticism is a scientific discipline that bases on the moral and spiritual progress of human being. Mysticism had gone through a similar process just as the Islamic disciplines like  Exegesis, Hadith and Islamic Jurisprudence had systematized over time. It is a fact that mysticism which gained an institutional identity with the efforts of specific leaders, takes part among the essential dynamics of Islamization from a historical perspective. Especially, in the region from Transoxiana to Anatolia, mysticism had a vital role on widespreading of Islam among Turks. So many sufi figures created a strong impression on the religious understanding of Turkish society such as Ahmad Yasawi, Mawlana, Yunus Emre, Haji Bektash Veli, Haji Bayram Veli. In the foundation and development of Ottoman State (Empire) besides the material elements, teaching of wisdom was also crucial. Edebali who is a sheikh of Akhism, was the closest moral supporter of Osman I.  This situation has continued in the reigns of powerful sultans such as Mehmet II, Suleiman the Magnificent, Bayezid II, Selim I. Sufi understanding and approach makes apparent influences on both public and scholarly level, although tekke (dervish lodges)-madrasah disagreements appear on occasion. When we look at the works of former scholars and our traditional arts such as music, literature, architecture, we can see the physical samples of these influences.

City of Amasya, one of the most important administrative centers in Ottoman Empire, was one of the historical cities that symbolize Sufi doctrine intensely. Amasya become an attractive city from many aspects with being a city where shahzadahs who were nominees to the head of state, receive their education and virtually any important figures from every branch of science came across here in Amasya.

In this context, figures buried various locations that was eternalized among people with their memories, took part among the major figures in Sufi discipline. Therefore that is stated that Amasya was also called “Türbetü’l-Evliya” in the history.

With this event under the name of “Symposium of Mysticism in Amasya Throughout History”, it will be revealing the spiritual dynamics of the Ottoman-Turkish society specifically in Amasya and in general sense.

In this sense, the scientific data in the future studies will guide people to find the right information on acknowledging the today’s community structure and the historical background of it. With this planned symposium it will be an opportunity to clarify the richness of Sufi culture of the city of Amasya which includes our university as well, the introducing the Sufi figures who were lived and trained here, revive their works.

The papers presented in the symposium will be publish as a book after rewieving.


Possible topics of the symposium are as follows:

History of Mysticism in Amasya

The influences of Sufi Tradition on the Socio-Cultural Life of Amasya

Sufi Formations in Amasya: Zayniyye, Halvatism, Nakshibendis, Mevlevism, Kadirism, Rifaîsm.

The Sufi Figures Active in Amasya and their works:

- Baba İlyas Horasânî

- Pir İlyas Şucuaddîn

- Sünbül Sinan Amâsî

- Pir Abdurrahman

- Pir Şeyh Zekeriyyâ Halvatî

- Pir Habib Ömar Karamâni

- Pir Hüsameddîn Kubavî

- Pir Muhammad Cû’î

- Pir Akbilek Bahşî Halîfe

- Pir Sheikh Safiyyüddîn

- Mawlana Sirâceddîn İsmail Şirvânî

- Mawlâna Mîr Hamza Nigârî

- Sheikh Hamza Şâmî

- Mawlana Abdülgani

- Mawlana Hicâbî Abdülbâkî

- Akifzâde Abdürrahim Efendi

- Hasan b. Ahmad el-Amasî

- Nuh b. Mustafa

- Lütfullah b. Yusuf b. Abdülhalim el-Amasî

- Şükrüllah el-Amasî


NOTE: The subjects didn’t mention here will be also involved, if they are related.

Characteristics of the papers must be;

in one of the languages, Turkish, English or Arabic.

Scientific, original, not published already.

Papers must have an abstract of maximum 300 words.

The abstracts submitted after the due date will not considered for evaluation.

The full text of the papers must not be more than 20 pages in the format of A4.

The full text of the papers must be communicated to the secretariat of the symposium before the time of start.


Symposium calendar

Deadline for Abstract Submission                : 18 June 2016

Notification of acceptance                           : 01 July 2016

Submission of full-text manuscripts             : 12 October 2016

The date of the symposium                         : 26-27 October 2018


Contact and corresponding address:

Amasya Üniversitesi İlahiyat Fakültesi Dekanlığı,

05100, AMASYA

Tel: +90 (358) 260 00 64                  

Faks: +90 (358) 218 01 61


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