Esad Erbili was born in Arbil in Iraq in the year 1847 (1264), where he studied under Taha al-Hariri. After the death of Shaykh al-Hariri in 1875 he visited Istanbul for a short time. He was exiled to Arbil in 1900. Later returning in 1910 to established a Dergah (Tekke) in Üsküdar
Assembly of Shaykhs
As part of the Atatürk's Reforms, the tekke in Istanbul was closed. He was captured with his son Mehmed Efendi because they were thought to be involved in the 1930 Menemen Incident. Esad Efendi was initially sentenced to death, later his penalty was reduced to life in jail because of his age and he died shortly afterwards in a Military Hospital in Izmir.
- Kenzul-Irfan-Translation and Commentary of 100,000 Hadith
- Maktubat (Mektubat)  - a collection of letters to his students
- Divan - Turkish and Persian Poetry
- Risale-i Es'adiyye - Autobiography
- Tevhid Risalesi Tercümesi - A Commentary of Ibn Arabi's Kitab al-Tawhid
- Fatiha-i Şerife Tercümesi - A tafsir (commentary) of the first chapter of the Qur'an
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- ^ a b c Yilmaz, H. Kamil:"Altin Silsile" ("Golden Chain"). Erkam Yayinlari (Istanbul). 1994.
- ^ Brian Silverstain, "Sufism and Modernity in Turkey: From the Authenticity of Experience to the Practice of Discipline," in M. van Bruinessen and J. Day Howell, eds. Sufism and the Modern in Islam, I.B. Tauris, 2007, ISBN 9781850438540, p. 39.
- ^ Mustafa Armağan, "Menemen olayında 10 büyük şüphe", official personal webcite of Mustafa Armağan. (Turkish)
- ^ Touraj Atabaki, The State and the Subaltern: Modernization, Society and the State in Turkey and Iran, I.B.Tauris, 2007, ISBN 9781845113391, p. 131.
- ^ Muhammad Esat Erbili: "Mektubat" ("Letters"). Erkam Yayinlari (Istanbul)
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