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Bilecik dec 2007 1751.jpg
29-DEC-2007

Bilecik dec 2007 1751.jpg

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A room (the mens' one) for the performance of a ritual.

The building which houses the tombs of Şeyh Edebali and his relatives can be characterised as a ‘zaviye’. Of course, the actual construction is a 20th century restoration in 19th century late Ottoman (civil) style; the original zaviye was probably quite different.

Zaviye = a building designed specifically for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood and was a place for spiritual retreat and character reformation. These places (‘hanegah’ or ‘zaviye’) often served as hospices for Sufi travelers and Islamic students. Important (and large) ‘zaviye’ are often referred to as ‘Tekke’.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: Wikipedia & Personal visits (1997 – 1998).


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