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The Crisis of Kingship in Late Medieval Islam
Persian Emigres and the Making of Ottoman Sovereignty

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  • Date Published: August 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108633086

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  • In the early sixteenth century, the political landscape of West Asia was completely transformed: of the previous four major powers, only one - the Ottoman Empire - continued to exist. Ottoman survival was, in part, predicated on transition to a new mode of kingship, enabling its transformation from regional dynastic sultanate to empire of global stature. In this book, Christopher Markiewicz uses as a departure point the life and thought of Idris Bidlisi (1457–1520), one of the most dynamic scholars and statesmen of the period. Through this examination, he highlights the series of ideological and administrative crises in the fifteenth-century sultanates of Islamic lands that gave rise to this new conception of kingship and became the basis for sovereign authority not only within the Ottoman Empire but also across other Muslim empires in the early modern period.

    • Analyses a wide range of sources from Arabic, Persian and Turkish manuscripts in an accessible and approachable way
    • By using the life of Idris Bidlisi as a departure point, it grounds global and intellectual trends in individual lived experience
    • Contextualises imperial Ottoman political and intellectual developments within the wider events and processes of Islamic lands
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    'This belongs among the best treatments that combine intellectual and sociopolitical history based on Islamic materials. Markiewicz’s dense presentation of the life and work of Idris Bidlisi shows both how ideas matter for the conduct of politics and why they must be understood as responses to specific historical situations. The book is essential reading for scholars concerned with the Ottoman, Aqquyunlu, and Safavid empires as well as with Persian as a medium for historiography and the chancery.' Shahzad Bashir, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities, Brown University, Rhode Island

    'A masterly study, deeply researched, many-layered and carefully nuanced. Markiewicz offers keen insights into a little known scholarly and philosophical world, and widens the scope of debate about the Ottoman self-image in the crucial era after 1517. Approaching the topic through the thought and influence of Idris Bidlisi makes a potentially impenetrable mass of esoteric thought clearly accessible to modern researchers.' Christine Woodhead, University of Durham

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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108633086
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I:
    1. The realm of generation and decay: Bidlisi in Iran, 1457–1502
    2. Patronage and place among the Ottomans: Bidlisi and the Court of Bayezid II, 1502–1511
    3. The return East (1511–1520)
    Part II:
    4. The Timurid vocabulary of sovereignty
    5. The canons of conventional histories
    6. Ottoman sovereignty on the cusp of Universal Empire
    Conclusion.

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    Christopher Markiewicz, University of Birmingham
    Christopher Markiewicz is Lecturer in Ottoman and Islamic History at the University of Birmingham. He was the Bennett Boskey Fellow in Extra-European History at Exeter College, Oxford between 2015 and 2017. In recognition of his research, he was awarded the Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award by the Middle East Studies Association in 2016.

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