By Dr Yürekli Zeynep
Based on a radical exam of structures, inscriptions, archival files and hagiographies, this ebook uncovers the political importance of Bektashi shrines within the Ottoman imperial age. It therefore offers a clean and finished account of the formative strategy of the Bektashi order, which began as a community of social teams that took factor with Ottoman imperial rules within the overdue 15th century, was once recommended imperially as a part of Bayezid II's (r. 1481-1512) delicate energy coverage, and was once saved in payment by way of imperial experts because the Ottoman method of the Safavid clash hardened in the course of the remainder of the 16th century.
This publication demonstrates that it was once a mix of 2 collective actions that proven the first parameters of Bektashi tradition from the past due 15th century onwards. One was once the writing of Bektashi hagiographies; they associated hitherto unique social teams (such as wandering dervishes and warriors) with one another throughout the lives of old figures who have been their client saints, idols and id markers (such because the saint Hacı Bektaş and the martyr Seyyid Gazi), whereas incorporating them into Ottoman background in inventive methods. the opposite one used to be the architectural remodelling of the saints' shrines. by way of type, imagery and content material, this interrelated literary and architectural output finds a sophisticated strategy 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. although verified as self reliant associations in medieval Anatolia, they have been joined within the rising Bektashi community lower than the Ottomans, grew to become its important centres and underwent radical architectural transformation, more often than not below the patronage of raider commanders established within the Balkans. within the technique, they therefore got here to occupy an middleman socio-political sector among the Ottoman empire and its contestants within the 16th century.
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