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Advice for Callow Jurists and Gullible Mendicants on Befriending Emirs

'Abd al-Wahhab ibn Ahmad ibn 'Ali al-Sha'rani


This book sheds light on the relationship between spiritual and political authority in early modern Egypt. This guide to political behavior and expediency offers advice to Sufi shaykhs, or spiritual guides, on how to interact and negotiate with powerful secular officials, judges, and treasurers, or emirs. Translated into English, it is a unique account of the relationship between spiritual and political authority in late medieval/early modern Islamic society.

Keywords: spiritual authority, political authority, political behavior, Egypt, shaykh, emir, spiritual guide, late medieval Islamic society, early modern Islamic society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300198652
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300198652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

'Abd al-Wahhab ibn Ahmad ibn 'Ali al-Sha'rani, author
University of California, Santa Barbara