Dawūd al-Qayṣarī

Dawūd al-Qayṣarī (c.1260-c.1350) was an early Ottoman Sufi scholar, philosopher and mystic. He was born in Kayseri, in central Anatolia and was the student of the Iranian scholar, Abd al-Razzaq Kāshānī (d. 1329).[1]

Dawūd al-Qayṣarī
Bornc. 1260
Era14th century
Notable work(s)Sharh Fusus al-Hikam
OccupationTheologian, Teacher at the first Ottoman medrese
Senior posting
Influenced by

He was the author of over a dozen philosophical texts, many of which are still important textbooks in Shi'ite religious schools. The most important is the commentary on Ibn al-'Arabi's Fusus al-Hikam and his criticism of Ibn al-Farid's poetry. Sultan Orhan Gazi built a school for him in the town of İznik, the first case of an Ottoman state-established medrese.[2]

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  1. ^ "DÂVÛD-i KAYSERÎ - TDV İslâm Ansiklopedisi". TDV İslam Ansiklopedisi (in Turkish). Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  2. ^ The Moroccan Sufism Forum (website)