Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Birgivî Mehmed Efendi
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Few individuals in the history of Ottoman Islam would become as well-known and influential as Birgivî Mehmed ibn Pîr Ali Efendi. The son of a Sufi master in the town of Balıkesir, Birgivî studied in Istanbul medreses, then served for a short time as a judge in Edirne, which was followed by a brief career as a Sufi mürid. Supposedly on the advice of his shaykh, and with the patronage of the personal tutor of Selim II, Birgivî took up the post of a medre…

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Allen, Jonathan, “Birgivî Mehmed Efendi”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 06 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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