This translator's introduction provides an overview of the Middle East in the sixteenth century, with particular emphasis on the rise of two major powers: the Safavid dynasty in Iran and the Ottoman Empire. It also considers the fall of the Mamluk Empire at the hands of the Ottomans led by Selim in 1516. Finally, it discusses the life of ʻAbd al-Wahhāb al-Shaʻrānī and his involvement in Sufism, along with his writings on Sufi political theology. More specifically, it looks at the two books written by al-Shaʻrānī and dedicated to the relations between Sufi shaykhs and emirs: Advice for Callow Jurists and Gullible Mendicants on Befriending Emirs, completed in December 1544, and The Abbreviation of Advice for Callow Jurists and Gullible Mendicants on Befriending Emirs, completed in May 1562.
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