By Dr Yürekli Zeynep
Based on an intensive exam of structures, inscriptions, archival files and hagiographies, this booklet uncovers the political importance of Bektashi shrines within the Ottoman imperial age. It hence presents a clean and complete account of the formative means of the Bektashi order, which began as a community of social teams that took factor with Ottoman imperial regulations within the past due 15th century, used to be counseled imperially as a part of Bayezid II's (r. 1481-1512) gentle energy coverage, and used to be saved in money by means of imperial specialists because the Ottoman method of the Safavid clash hardened through the remainder of the 16th century.
This booklet demonstrates that it was once a mix of 2 collective actions that demonstrated 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 targeted social teams (such as wandering dervishes and warriors) with one another during the lives of old 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 historical past 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 classy strategy of negotiation with the imperial order and its cultural paradigms. tested in additional aspect within the booklet are the shrines of Seyyid Gazi and Hacı Bektaş and linked legends and hagiographies. although validated as self reliant associations in medieval Anatolia, they have been joined within the rising Bektashi community less than the Ottomans, turned its critical centres and underwent radical architectural transformation, regularly lower than the patronage of raider commanders established within the Balkans. within the strategy, they hence got here to occupy an middleman socio-political sector 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