By Zeynep Yürekli
In response to a radical exam of structures, inscriptions, archival records and hagiographies, this e-book uncovers the political importance of Bektashi shrines within the Ottoman imperial age. It therefore offers a clean and accomplished account of the formative strategy of the Bektashi order, which began as a community of social teams that took factor with Ottoman imperial regulations within the overdue 15th century, was once counseled imperially as a part of Bayezid II's (r. 1481-1512) delicate strength coverage, and stored lower than money by means of imperial specialists 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 validated the first parameters of Bektashi tradition from the overdue 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 during the lives of old figures who have been their id markers (such because the saint Hac Bektas and the martyr Seyyid Gazi), whereas incorporating them into Ottoman historical past in inventive methods. the opposite one was once the architectural remodelling of the saints' shrines. by way of sort, imagery and content material, this interrelated literary and architectural output unearths a classy technique of negotiation with the imperial order and its cultural paradigms. tested in additional aspect within the ebook are the shrines of Seyyid Gazi and Hac Bektas and linked legends and hagiographies. notwithstanding confirmed as self sufficient associations in medieval Anatolia, they have been joined within the rising Bektashi community below the Ottomans, turned its significant centres and underwent radical architectural transformation, mostly lower than the patronage of raider commanders established within the Balkans. They therefore got here to occupy an middleman socio-political area among the Ottoman empire and its contestants within the 16th century.