Book Announcement: Islamic Literature and Intellectual Life in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Anatolia

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Dear Colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication of our new volume: A.C.S. Peacock and Sara Nur Yıldız, eds. Islamic Literature and Intellectual Life in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Anatolia, Würzburg: Ergon Verlag Würzburg in Kommission, 2016.

This collection of thirteen essays addresses the intellectual, religious and literary culture of medieval Anatolia and the early Ottoman realm of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, focusing on text written in Arabic, Persian and Old Anatolian Turkish as case studies. The introductory chapter surveys the beylik (Turkish principalities) period and the emergence of Anatolian Turkish as a vernacular literary language in the fourteenth century. The subsequent chapters present a wide range of topics, ranging from proto-Bektashi poetry and the Vefa'iyye to the emergence of the Ottoman scholarly system. These scholarly essays aim not only to move beyond Köprülü’s nationalist paradigm of Anatolian cultural life with new approaches, but also to provide background for further research and point to new avenues of inquiry in this relatively neglected field of study.

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Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. A.C.S. Peacock and Sara Nur Yıldız, “Introduction: Literature, Language and History in Late Medieval Anatolia.”

Part I. Sufis, Texts and Religious Landscapes of Anatolia

Chapter 2. Bruno De Nicola, “The Fusṭāṭ al-ʿadāla: A Unique Manuscript on the Religious Landscape of Medieval Anatolia.”

Chapter 3. Zeynep Oktay, “Layers of Mystical Meaning and Social Context in the Works of Kaygusuz Abdal.”

Chapter 4. A.C.S. Peacock, “Metaphysics and Rulership in late Fourteenth-Century Central Anatolia: Qadi Burhān al-Dīn of Sivas and his Iksīr al-Saʿādāt.”

Chapter 5. İlker Evrim Binbaş, “Did the Ḥurūfīs Mint Coins? Articulation of Sacral Kingship in an Aqqoyunlu Coin Hoard from Erzincan.”

Part II. Literature and Court Cutlure

Chapter 6. Selim Kuru, “Portrait of a Shaykh as Author in Fourteenth-Century Anatolia: Gülşehri and His Falaknāma.”

Chapter 7. Sara Nur Yıldız, “Aydinid Court Literature in the Formation of an Islamic Identity in Fourteenth-century Western Anatolia.”

Chapter 8. Dimitri J. Kastritsis, “The Alexander Romance and the Rise of the Ottoman Empire.”

Chapter 9. Şevket Küçükhüseyin. “The Ottoman Historical Section of Ahmedi’s İskendernāme: An Alternative Reading in the Light of the Author’s Personal Circumstances.”

Part III. Mobility, Networks and Patrons

Chapter 10. Abdurrahman Atçıl, “Mobility of Scholars and Formation of a Self-Sustaining Scholarly System in the Lands of Rūm during the Fifteenth Century.”

Chapter 11. Jonathan Brack, “Was Ede Bali a Wafāʾī Shaykh? Sufis, Sayyids and Genealogical Creativity in the Early Ottoman World/”

Chapter 12. Scott Trigg, “Optics and Geography in the Astronomical Commentaries of Fatḥallāh al-Shirwānī.”

Chapter 13. Sooyong Kim, “Literary Culture in Fifteenth-Century Kütahya: A Preliminary Assessment.”



Sara Nur Yıldız

Research Fellow, St Andrews University

Affiliated Researcher, Orient-Institut Istanbul