By Dr Yürekli Zeynep
Based on a radical exam of constructions, inscriptions, archival records and hagiographies, this booklet uncovers the political value of Bektashi shrines within the Ottoman imperial age. It hence offers a clean and accomplished account of the formative strategy of the Bektashi order, which began as a community of social teams that took factor with Ottoman imperial guidelines within the past due 15th century, used to be counseled imperially as a part of Bayezid II's (r. 1481-1512) tender energy coverage, and used to be saved in money by means of imperial experts because the Ottoman method of the Safavid clash hardened through the remainder of the 16th century.
This publication demonstrates that it was once a mixture of 2 collective actions that verified the first parameters of Bektashi tradition from the past due 15th century onwards. One used to be the writing of Bektashi hagiographies; they associated hitherto certain social teams (such as wandering dervishes and warriors) with one another in the course of the lives of historic figures who have been their shopper saints, idols and identification markers (such because the saint Hacı Bektaş and the martyr Seyyid Gazi), whereas incorporating them into Ottoman background in inventive methods. the opposite one was once the architectural remodelling of the saints' shrines. when it comes to sort, imagery and content material, this interrelated literary and architectural output finds a classy strategy of negotiation with the imperial order and its cultural paradigms. tested in additional element within the publication are the shrines of Seyyid Gazi and Hacı Bektaş and linked legends and hagiographies. although verified as autonomous associations in medieval Anatolia, they have been joined within the rising Bektashi community lower than the Ottomans, turned its vital centres and underwent radical architectural transformation, generally less than the patronage of raider commanders established within the Balkans. within the approach, they therefore got here to occupy an middleman socio-political region among the Ottoman empire and its contestants within the 16th century.
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Architecture and Hagiography in the Ottoman Empire: The Politics of Bektashi Shrines in the Classical Age (Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies) by Dr Yürekli Zeynep