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Persecution of Alevi, Bektashi, Qizilbash, Sufi, other non-Sunni muslims and Yazidis
This article creates an imbalanced image of mufti Ebussuud. There is too little in this article about the persecution of Alevi (among whom Pir Sultan Abdal), Bektashi, Qizilbash, Sufi, other non-Sunni Muslims and Yazidis, which mufti Ebussuud instigated. There should be a separate section in which (much more of) this information is given.
It is a well known fact that during the 16th century, Safavid Persia and the Ottoman Empire were bitter enemies and Shia Muslims inside the Ottoman territories were persecuted. Ebussuud tried to eliminate all forms of Islam except for Sunni Islam (and all other religions except for the religions of the book, Islam, Christianity and Judaism). He also forbade individual interpretation of the Koran by Islamic jurists (and of course laymen) and made them subject to Suleiman the Magnificent's Qanun.
So, "he brought local laws into conformity with Islamic law (Sharia)" is quite an euphemism. Ebussuud instigated and justified mass murders, massacres (Fatwa declaring Qizilbash as kafir, "whoever kills a Qizilbash goes to heaven") and inhibiting the freedom of thought during almost all his life. He is comparable to the Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada of the Spanish Inquisition.
http://books.google.nl/books?id=h7ZRvJscGN8C&pg=PA172&lpg=PA172&dq=ebussuud+persecution&source=bl&ots=8W-L4mH5o3&sig=oqnyLWv3fJLwgEHgpvGYw05_9Vc&hl=nl&sa=X&ei=aM8QUb2NHe2b1AXXqYHIDg&ved=0CD8Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=ebussuud%20persecution&f=false — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 10:23, 5 February 2013 (UTC)