Dr. Sara Nur Yıldız
Dr. Yıldız is a historian of the political, cultural, religious, and intellectual life of late medieval Anatolia of the Seljuk, Mongol and Ottoman periods. She received her PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago (2006). Her current research focuses on Islamization, textual production and the transfer of knowledge, and Islamic/Ottoman medical textual traditions. She has served as assistant professor at Istanbul Bilgi University (2003–2010), researcher at the Orient-Institut Istanbul (2011–2016). At the Orient-Institut she was responsible for the project “Historicizing the Religious and Intellectual Landscape of Seljuk and Mongol Anatolia“ (2011–2012). Together with Dr. Andrew Peacock School of History, University of St Andrews, Scotland, she accomplished the European Research Council Project entitled “The Islamisation of Anatolia, c. 1100-1500” and published as coeditor „Islamic Literature and Intellectual Life in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Anatolia“, Würzburg 2016 (ITS 34) (2013–2016). 2016/2017 she served as a research fellow at ANAMED, Koç University. Her ANAMED project “The Seljuk Empire of Anatolia” involves the publication of “Mongol Rule in Seljuk Anatolia: the Politics of Conquest and History Writing, 1243–1282“ (Brill, 2017) and the writing of a second monograph, The Seljuks of Anatolia: Empire-Building on the Frontiers of the Muslim World. Since 2018 she is research fellow at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin with the project „Empire, Nature and Pharmacology in the Ottoman World, 1400–1800“.
Early Modern Ottoman History
Transfer of Knowledge
The Seljuk Empire of Anatolia
2016, Feb. “Islamization and the Ilkhanid Cultural Legacy in Late Fourteenth-century Western Anatolia: Textual Production at Aydınoğlu ‘İsa Bey’s Court.”
Lecture Series: Transfer of Knowledge in the Turco-Iranian World, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.
2016 “The Disease Landscape of Medieval Anatolia and the Early Modern Ottoman World.”
Conference: “Disease and Disaster in Ottoman Anatolia.” Skilliter Centre of Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, UK, 18-19 March.
2015 “Traveling Pharmaceutical Knowledge: Abridgements and Translations of Ibn al-Baytar’s Compendium of Simples (14th-17th centuries).”
Middle Eastern Studies Association of American, Annual Meeting, Denver, Co., November.
2015 “Hacı Paşa: An Anatolian Philosopher-Physician?”
Inaugural Workshop of the International Associated Laboratory (LIA): The Reception of Arabic Philosophy in the Ottoman Empire” 2-4 November, in Istanbul, sponsored by CNRS, Paris, Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes Istanbul, and Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi.
2015 “Anatolia under Mongol Rule and the Ilkhanid-Mamluk Conflict, 1260-1277.”
Workshop: Cultural Encounters in Anatolia in the Middle Age, II: Ilkhanids in Anatolia, Koç University Vehbi Koç and Ankara Research Center (VEKAM), Ankara, 21-22 May 2015.
2015 “Seeking Perfection through Purity: Islamic Alchemy and Distillation (Kīmīyā wa Taqṭīr).”
Workshop: Recovery of Traditional Technologies I: A Comparative Study of Past and Present Fermentation and Associated Distillation Technologies in Eurasia and Their Roots, Salzburg, Austria, 10-13 May.
2014 “Commentary Writing and the Intellectual Genealogies of Religious Texts in the Early Ottoman Tradition.”
Middle Eastern Studies Association of American, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
2014 “Aydınid Literary Patronage and Textual Communities of Fourteenth-century Western Anatolia.”
Workshop: Literature and Intellectual Life in Islamic Anatolia in the 14th-15th Centuries: Historical, Social and Political Perspectives, Istanbul, Orient-Institut Istanbul, 12-13 September.
2014 “Space and Conversion in Late-Medieval Anatolia.”
Workshop: Natur und Kult in Anatolien, Deutsche Archaeologische Institut, Istanbul, 21-22 March.
2013 “Revisiting the akhi phenomenon in medieval Anatolia: a historiographical essay and suggestions for new directions in research.”
British Institute of Persian Studies Workshop: The Idea of Chivalry (Javanmardi), London, March 2013.
2013 “The amir system of the Anatolian Seljuk sultanate and its transformation under Mongol rule.” Netherlands Institute in Turkey (NIT) Symposium: Emperors, Sultans, Khans. Dynastic Rulership at the Crossroad between East and West, Istanbul, 22 February 2013.
2013 “Vernacularizing Sufi Knowledge in the Kırşehir Region: Gülşehri’s 14th-century Persian and Turkish Works in Verse.”
Workshop: Reception of Islam in Anatolia, Istanbul, 6-7 September 2013.
2011 “Towards historicizing Sufi communities in medieval Anatolia: reconsidering the dominant paradigms of syncretism, heterodoxy and high/low Islam.”
Conference: The Alevi-Bektashi Communities in the Ottoman Geography: Historiography, Sources and Paradigms, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.
2011 “The Development of a Turcophone Rūmī Culture in Western Anatolia in the Fourteenth Century: Aydınid and Germiyanid Patronage and the Ehl-i Rūm Scholars.”
Middle Eastern Studies Association of American, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
2011 “The Sultan Weds a Georgian Princess: Inter-Dynastic Marriage Ceremony, Bagratid Prestige, and the Seljuk Sultanate in the Mid-Thirteenth Century.”
Tbilisi State University, Tblisi, Georgia.
2010 “Persian verse shahname-style historical writing at the Ottoman court in the late fifteenth century: Firdawsi and Malik Ummi’s Shahnama.”
The Shahnama Millenium Conference, Cambridge, UK.
2010 “Post-Mongol pastoral polities in Eastern Anatolia in the Late Middle Ages.”
Workshop: Spatial Dimensions of Power: Coexistence, Cooperation and Conflict in Eastern Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Northwestern Iran, 11th-16th centuries, Bamberg, Germany, 16-18 April
2009 “Possessing Kemah, Kilid-i Jahan (the Key to the World): Selim I’s conquest of fortresses along the Ottoman-Safavid frontier in the early sixteenth century.”
Middle Eastern Studies Association of American, Annual Meeting, Boston
2009 “Rivaling for the Khan’s favor: Seljuk-Armenian relations according Ibn Bibi’s discourse of conquest and loyalty.”
Society for Armenian Studies, 35th Anniversary Conference, University of California, Los Angeles
2009 “The Rise and Fall of a Tyrant in Seljuk Anatolia, 1237-1238.”
Institut für Turkologie, Freie Üniversität, Berlin, Germany.
2009 “Adab for the sultan: Rāvandī and the Anatolian Inheritance of the Great Seljuk Sultanate’s Dynastic Legacy.”
Workshop: Court and Society in Seljuk Anatolia, Orient-Institut Istanbul.
2008 “The Development of a Persian Literary Culture at the Seljuk Court in Konya: Ravandi’s instructions in adab (courtly behavior and culture) for Sultan Kaykhusraw I (1205).”
Middle Eastern Studies Association of American, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
2008 “The Politics of Cosmology in Shukrullah’s Fifteenth-Century Ottoman World History.”
American Historical Association, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
2008 “Ibn Bibi: Between Muslims and Mongols.”
Colloquium, Orient-Institut Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.
2008 “Medieval History and Language Reform in Kemalist Turkey: Karamanoğlu Mehmed Bey and the Celebration of the Turkish Language Festival in Karaman Turkey, 1960-present.”
Workshop: “Religion, Ethnicity and Contested Nationhood in the Former Ottoman Space,” The Swedish Consulate-General, Istanbul, and the Swedish Research Centre, Istanbul.
2008 “Language Politics in the Provinces: Karamanoğlu Mehmed Bey, the ‘father of Tukish” and the Turkish Language Festival.”
2007 “Guarding the Frontier: Conflict and Alliance among Latin Crusaders, Seljuks and Cilician Armenians, 1200-1216.”
“The Eastern Mediterranean: Between Christian Europe and the Muslim Near East, 11th-13th Centuries,” Conference organized by the Orient Institut Beirut/Istanbul and the German Historical Institutes (London, Paris and Rome), Istanbul.
2007 “Eastern Anatolia: A Valid Geographical Unit for the 14th and 15th Centuries?”
Opening Lecture, Conference: At the Crossroads of Empire: 14th-15th Century Eastern Anatolia, Istanbul.
2007 “Ala al-Din Ata Malik Juvayni’s patronage of Seljuk history under the Ilkhanid Regime.”
Sabanci University, Orhanlı-Tuzla, Istanbul.
2007 “Gendering the Ilkhanate: Exploring the ordu as the locus of royal women’s political and economic power.”
Sakıp Sabanci Museum lecture series for the exhibition “Genghis Khan and His Successors: the Mongol Empire,” Istanbul.
2007 “Going beyond the vatan: a critique of Turkish nationalist historiography of the Seljuk, Karamanid and Ottoman periods.”
Workshop: “A Post-Ottoman Historiography?” Organized by the Swedish Institute, Istanbul and the Danish Institute, Damascus, at the Swedish Consulate, Istanbul.
2007 “A View from the Periphery: Turkmen Resistance to the Ottoman Order in the Rough Cilician (İç-il) Frontier, 1468-1535.”
Workshop: “Frontiers of the Ottoman World: Fortifications, trade, pilgrimage and slavery,” Sponsored by The British Academy, London, UK.
2006 “Defending Islam in the Western Mongol Empire: A look at Juvayni’s Patronage of Ibn Bibi’s Dynastic History of the Anatolian Seljuks (1282).”
American Research Institute of Turkey (ARIT), Istanbul.
2006 “The Composition of Anatolian Seljuk Dynastic History under Ilkhanid Sovereignty: Juvayni’s Patronage of Ibn Bibi’s History of the Seljuks.”
Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA), Istanbul.
2005 “Persian Models and Ottoman Chronicles: Shukrullah’s Bahjat al-tavarikh, a Mid-Fifteenth-Century Ottoman Universal History and Persian Traditions of Historical Writing.”
The Medieval Chronicle Conference, Reading, UK.
2004 “Political Structures and the Exercise of Power in 13th-century Seljuk Anatolia.”
Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS), Second Biennal Conference of the Association of Persianate Societies, Yerevan, Armenia.
2004 “Freeing Beylik History from Ottoman Stereotypes and Paradigms: Re-examining the Emergence of Karamanid Power According to the Persian Sources.”
2003 “Persian in the Service of the Sultan.”
Early Ottoman History Lecture Series, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul.
2002 “Persian as a Literary Means for Historical Composition during the Ottoman Period.”
Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS), Second Biennal Conference, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
2002 “Persian Historical Writing in the Ottoman Empire.”
Society for Iranian Studies (SIS), Fourth Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, Bethesda, Maryland.
2002 “Reconceptualizing the Seljuk-Cilician frontier: Armenians, Latins and Turks in Conflict and Alliance during the Early 13th Century.”
American Historical Association (AHA), San Francisco.
2001 “Re-reading Ibn Bibi as a Source for Early Karamanid History.”
Faculty of Oriental Studies, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.
2001 “Metaphorical Coherence, Narrative and the Byzantine Past in a Sixteenth-century Turkish Text: Shikari’s History of the Karamanids.”
Medieval European Research Seminar, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
2001 “Where was Kamar al-Din? Re-examining Seljuk Conquests and Karamanid Settlement along the Seljuk-Cilician Frontier.”
Workshop: “Land and Power in Anatolia and the Balkans, ca. 1000-1700,” Organized by the University of Manchester and the University of Birmingham, held at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
2001 “Examining the Historicity of Shikari’s History of the Karamanids.”
Research Seminar, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
The Seljuks of Anatolia: the Political Culture of Empire-Building on the Frontiers of the Muslim World. Edinburgh University Press (Islamic Empire Series, edited by Ian Netton). In Vorbereitung, Erscheinen geplant für 2017.
Mongol Rule in Seljuk Anatolia: the Politics of Conquest and History Writing, 1243-1282. Leiden and Boston: E.J. Brill 2017.
Editionen / Herausgeberschaften
2016 Zusammen mit A.C.S. Peacock. Islamic Literature and Intellectual Life in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Anatolia. Würzburg: Ergon: 2016.
2015 Zusammen mit A.C.S. Peacock and Bruno de Nicola. Islam and Christianity in Mediaeval Anatolia. Surrey, UK: Ashgate.
2013 Zusammen mit A.C.S Peacock. The Seljuks of Anatolia. Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East. London and New York: I.B. Tauris.
Paperback version, 2015
Artikel in Zeitschriften
2016 “A Hanafi Law Manual in the Vernacular: Devletoğlu Yūsuf Balıḳesrī’s Turkish Verse Adaptation of the Hidāya–Wiqāya Textual Tradition for the Ottoman Sultan Murad II (827/1424).” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (in press).
2014 “From Cairo to Ayasuluk: Hacı Paşa and the transmission of Islamic learning to western Anatolia in the late fourteenth century.” Journal of Islamic Studies 25, no. 3, 263-297.
2005 “Persian in service of the state: the role of Persophone historical writing in the development of an Ottoman imperial aesthetic.” Studies on Persianate Societies 2, 145-163.
Artikel in Sammelbänden
2016 “Aydınid Court Literature and the Formation of an Islamic Identity in Fourteenth-century Western Anatolia.” In A.C.S. Peacock and S.N. Yıldız, eds. Islamic Literature and Intellectual Life in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Anatolia. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag Würzburg in Kommission (in press).
2016 “Introduction.” Co-written with A.C.S. Peacock. In A.C.S. Peacock and S.N. Yıldız, eds. Islamic Literature and Intellectual Life in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Anatolia. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag Würzburg in Kommission (in press).
2015 “Battling Kufr (Unbelief) in the Land of Infidels: Gülşehrī’s Early Fourteenth-century Turkish Adaptation of ‘Aṭṭār’s Manṭiq al-ṭayr.” In A.C.S. Peacock, Sara Nur Yıldız and Bruno De Nicola, eds. Islam and Christianity in Mediaeval Anatolia. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 329-347.
2015 “Introduction.” Co-Written with A.C.S. Peacock and Bruno De Nicola. In A.C.S. Peacock, Sara Nur Yıldız and Bruno De Nicola, eds. Islam and Christianity in Mediaeval Anatolia. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 1-20.
2013 “The rise and fall of a tyrant in Seljuk Anatolia: Saʿd al-Din Köpek’s reign of terror, 1237-8.” In Robert Hillenbrand, A.C.S. Peacock, and Firuza Abdullaeva, eds. Ferdowsi, the Mongols and the History of Iran. Art Literature and Culture From Early Islam to Qajar Persia. Studies in Honour of Charles Melville. London and New York: I.B. Taurus & Co, Ltd., 92-101.
2013 “Introduction.” In A.C.S Peacock and Sara Nur Yıldız, eds. The Seljuks of Anatolia. Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East. London and New York: I.B. Taurus & Co, Ltd., 1-22.
2013 “A nadīm for the Sultan: Rāvandī and the Rūm Seljuks.” In A.C.S Peacock and Sara Nur Yıldız, eds. The Seljuks of Anatolia. Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East. London and New York: I.B. Taurus & Co, Ltd., 91-111.
2013 “In the Proximity of Sultans: Majd al-Dīn Isḥāq, Ibn ‘Arabī and the Seljuk Court.” Co-authored with Haşim Şahin. In A.C.S Peacock and Sara Nur Yıldız, eds. The Seljuks of Anatolia. Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East. London and New York: I.B. Taurus & Co, Ltd., 173-205.
2012 “Ottoman historical writing in Persian, 1400-1600.” In Charles Melville, ed. A History of Persian Literature. Vol. 10, Persian Historiography. London and New York: I.B. Taurus & Co, Ltd., 436-502.
2012 “Pastoral Polities in the Post-Mongol World: Contextualizing Eastern Anatolia within the Geographical and Political Dynamics of the Mongol Successor States in the Middle East.” In Deniz Beyazid and Simon Rettig, eds. At the Crossroads of Empires: 14th and 15th Century Anatolia. Paris and Istanbul: Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes Georges-Dumezil and De Boccard, 27-48.
2012 “Karamanoğlu Mehmed Bey: Medieval Anatolian warlord or Kemalist language reformer? Nationalist historiography, language politics and the celebration of the Language Festival in Karaman, Turkey, 1961-2008.” In Jorgen Nielsen, ed. Religion, ethnicity and contested nationhood in the former Ottoman space. Leiden: Brill, 147-170.
2011 “Manuel Komnenos Maurozomes and His Descendants at the Seljuk Court: The Formation of a Christian Seljuk-Komnenian Elite.” In Stefen Leder, ed. Crossroads between Latin Europe and the Near East: Corollaries of the Frankish Presence in the Eastern Mediterranean (12th to 14th Centuries). Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 55-77.
2009 “Razing Gevele and Fortifying Konya: the Beginning of the Ottoman Conquest of the Karamanid Principality in South-Central Anatolia, 1468.” In A.C.S. Peacock, ed. Frontiers of the Ottoman World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 307-329.
2005 “Reconceptualizing the Seljuk-Cilician Frontier: Armenians, Latins and Turks in Conflict and Alliance during the Early Thirteenth Century.” In Florin Curta, ed. Borders, Barriers, and Ethnogenesis: Frontiers in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 91-120.
Artikel in Nachschlagewerken
2016 “Döger (Ghuzz),” in Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd edition (in press)
2011 “Şikârî”; “Şükrullâh.” In Türkiye Diyanet Vakfı İslam Ansiklopedisi, vol. 39, Istanbul: Türkiye Diyanet Vakfı Yayını.
2004 “Historiography. xi. Persian Historiography in the Ottoman Empire.” In Encyclopaedia Iranica, vol. 12, fasc. 4, 403-411.
2015 Dissertation review, “Science and Society in Medieval Islam: Nasir al-Din Tusi and the Politics of Patronage” by Hadi Jorati http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/12644
2015 Review of Edmund Herzig and Sarah Stewart (eds). The Age of the Seljuqs. London and New York: I.B. Taurus & Co., 2015. Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 2, no. 2. (in press).
2003 Review of Minna Rozen, A history of the Jewish community in Istanbul: the formative years, 1453-1566, H-Turk Review
2002 Review of Angus Donal Stewart, The Armenian Kingdom and the Mamluks: War and Diplomacy During the Reigns of Het’um II (1289-1307), H-Medieval, The Medieval Review
1995 Review of Refet Yinanc, Dulkadir Beyligi in al-‘Usur al-Wusta (Bulletin of the Middle East Medievalists)