The Seljuks of Anatolia: Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East

The Seljuks of Anatolia: Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East


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Under Seljuk rule (c. 1081-1308) the formerly Christian Byzantine territories of Anatolia were transformed by the development of Muslim culture, society and politics, and it was then - well before the arrival of the Ottomans - that a Turkish population became firmly established in these lands. But these developments are little understood, and the Seljuk dynasty remains little studied. Yet the Seljuks of Anatolia were one of the most influential dynasties of the thirteenth-century Middle East, controlling some of the major trade routes of the period, playing a crucial role in linking East and West of the medieval world. This volume examines Seljuk culture and history by looking at developments both at court and in society at large and shed new light on Seljuk political culture and dynastic ideology, the engagement of politics with religion, and Christian-Muslim interaction. The Seljuks of Anatolia will be of great interest to researchers with interests in Byzantium as well as the material culture and society of the medieval Islamic world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784531652
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/30/2015
Series: Library of Middle East History
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,214,988
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Andrew Peacock is Lecturer in the School of History, University of St Andrews. He holds a PhD in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge and is the author of Early Seljuq History: A New Interpretation (2010). Sara Nur Yildiz is Research Associate at the University of St Andrews. She holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements viii

A Note on Usage and Transliteration ix

List of Contributors xi

Chapter 1 Introduction A.C.S. Peacock Sara Nur Yildiz 1

Part 1 Dynastic Identity and the Great Seljuk Inheritance 23

Chapter 2 The House of Mengüjek In Divrigi: Constructions of Dynastic Identity in the Late Twelfth Century Oya Pancaroglu 25

Chapter 3 'The King of the East and the West': The Seljuk Dynastic Concept and Titles in the Muslim and Christian Sources Dimitri Korobeinikov 68

Chapter 4 A Nadim for the Sultan: Rawandi and the Anatolian Seljuks Sara Nur Yildiz 91

Part 2 The Royal Household 113

Chapter 5 Harem Christianity: The Byzantine Identity of Seljuk Princes Rustam Sbukurov 115

Chapter 6 Paper, Stone, Scissors: Ala' al-Din Kayqubad, 'Ismat al-Dunya wa 'l-Din, and the Writing of Seljak History Scott Redford 151

Part 3 Sufis at Court and in Society 171

Chapter 7 In the Proximity of Sultans: Majd al-Din Ishaq, Ibn 'Arabi and the Seljuk Court Sara Nur Yildiz Hasim Sahin 173

Chapter 8 Sufis and the Seljuk Court in Mongol Anatolia: Politics and Patronage in the Works of Jalal al-Din Rumi and Sultan Walad A.C.S. Peacock 206

Chapter 9 Futuwwa in Thirteenth-Century Rum and Armenia: Reform Movements and the Managing of Multiple Allegiances on the Seljuk Periphery Rachel Goshgarian 227

Chapter 10 Conclusion: Research on the Seljuks of Anatolia. Some Comments on the State of the Art Gary Leiser 264

Genealogical Table of Seljuk Sultans of Anatolia 276

Glossary of Terms 277

Select Bibliography 286

Index 296

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