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Islam, Literature and Society in Mongol Anatolia


Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: November 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108713481

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  • From a Christian, Greek- and Armenian-speaking land to a predominantly Muslim and Turkish speaking one, the Islamisation of medieval Anatolia would lay the groundwork for the emergence of the Ottoman Empire as a world power and ultimately the modern Republic of Turkey. Bringing together previously unpublished sources in Arabic, Persian and Turkish, Peacock offers a new understanding of the crucial but neglected period in Anatolian history, that of Mongol domination, between c. 1240 and 1380. This represents a decisive phase in the process of Islamisation, with the popularisation of Sufism and the development of new forms of literature to spread Islam. This book integrates the study of Anatolia with that of the broader Islamic world, shedding new light on this crucial turning point in the history of the Middle East.

    • Analyses literature, religion and society during a crucial yet neglected period in Anatolian history, that of Mongol domination in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries
    • Contributes to new understanding of the emergence of the Ottoman Empire and ultimately the modern Republic of Turkey by marking a decisive phase in the process of the Islamisation of medieval Anatolia
    • Brings together sources in Arabic, Persian and Turkish to integrate the study of Anatolia with that of the broader Islamic world
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    'This rich and meticulously researched monograph at last treats Mongol Anatolia in the 13th–14th centuries as a vibrant and multi-faceted society in its own right. The particular originality of the book lies in its analysis of the literary texts being written and read in this period, many previously unknown and still in manuscript, which throw light on the processes of Islamization.' Charles Melville, University of Cambridge

    'The most thorough and perceptive study ever published of the decades of Mongol rule in Anatolia. Based on primary sources, many of which have hardly been used by earlier scholars, it throws a flood of light on the process of Islamisation in what would ultimately become Turkey.' David O. Morgan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    'Deploys a depth and variety of source materials and novelty of approach to the study of religious, political, and linguistic change in Mongol Anatolia. Its conclusions differ startlingly from most scholarship on the subject, setting off reverberations that will be felt in scholarly circles far and wide.' Scott Redford, SOAS, University of London

    'Peacock has written an erudite, meticulously researched, and insightful work drawing on fascinating new material from rarely used sources. Tackling a wide array of topics from Sufism, vernacular religious literature to apocalyptic thought, this is a major contribution not only to the growing body of work on medieval Anatolia but also to Islamic studies.' Sara Nur Yildiz, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

    'This gripping book is set in one of the darkest periods of Soviet history, the last years of Stalin. Using declassified materials Slaveski vividly shows how remaking Ukraine after the German occupation and the Red Army's defeat of the Wehrmacht was accompanied by corruption, violence and for many destitution. The result, as his brilliant analysis demonstrates, was incessant conflict between central and local authorities. The legacy of the chaotic post-war years is both an historical and contemporary phenomenon. This book is an invaluable contribution to understanding modern Ukraine.' John Barber, University of Cambridge

    'This fascinating story of ordinary people fighting back successfully against Stalinist officialdom is an example of how scholars can draw larger implications from local studies. Filip Slaveski's important book offers a fresh approach to Stalinist economy and society. It changes our understanding of Soviet history after World War II by restoring agency to the lowly villagers and revealing the social tensions missed by previous historians.' Serhy Yekelchyk, University of Victoria

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108713481
    • length: 323 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.436kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Religion, Politics and Society:
    1. The formation of Islamic Anatolia: crises of legitimacy and the struggle against unbelief
    2. Sufism and political power
    3. Sufism in society: Futuwwa in Seljuq and Mongol Anatolia
    Part II. Literature and Religious Change:
    4. The emergence of literary Turkish
    5. Vernacular religious literature: tales of conversion, eschatology and unbelief
    6. Apocalyptic thought and the political elite

  • Author

    A. C. S. Peacock, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Andrew A. C. S. Peacock is Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where he is also Director of the Centre for Anatolian and East Mediterranean Studies. He is the author of The Great Seljuk Empire (2015) and co-editor of The Seljuks of Anatolia: Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East (2013) and Medieval Central Asia and the Persianate World (2015).

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