By Dr Yürekli Zeynep
Based on a radical exam of structures, inscriptions, archival files and hagiographies, this publication uncovers the political value of Bektashi shrines within the Ottoman imperial age. It therefore 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, was once counseled imperially as a part of Bayezid II's (r. 1481-1512) tender energy coverage, and used to be stored in cost via imperial gurus because the Ottoman method of the Safavid clash hardened throughout the remainder of the 16th century.
This booklet demonstrates that it used to be 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 special social teams (such as wandering dervishes and warriors) with one another during the lives of historic figures who have been their purchaser saints, idols and identification markers (such because the saint Hacı Bektaş and the martyr Seyyid Gazi), whereas incorporating them into Ottoman background in artistic methods. the opposite one was once the architectural remodelling of the saints' shrines. by way of variety, imagery and content material, this interrelated literary and architectural output finds a sophisticated technique of negotiation with the imperial order and its cultural paradigms. tested in additional aspect within the ebook are the shrines of Seyyid Gazi and Hacı Bektaş and linked legends and hagiographies. notwithstanding proven as self reliant associations in medieval Anatolia, they have been joined within the rising Bektashi community below the Ottomans, grew to become its important centres and underwent radical architectural transformation, in most cases below the patronage of raider commanders dependent within the Balkans. within the strategy, they hence got here to occupy an middleman socio-political quarter 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