IslamAnatolia: The Islamisation of Anatolia, c. 1100–1500

Dr. Andrew Peacock (School of of History, University of St Andrews) unter Mitarbeit von Dr. Sara Nur Yıldız

Laufzeit: 2012 – 2016

Unterstützt von: Seventh Frontier Programme Starting Grant awarded by the European Research Council

The research project “IslamAnatolia“ studies the transformation of Anatolia from a Christian to a predominantly Muslim society over the period c. 1100 to 1500. Whereas previous research has concentrated almost exclusively on conversion, this study also emphasizes the importance of acculturation to Islam, and thus seeks to understand the processes through which Islamic culture took root among the recently converted Turkish as well as Christian populations. “IslamAnatolia“ examines the formation of Anatolian Islamic society through the extensive but largely unstudied literary evidence it has bequeathed us in the form of numerous Arabic, Persian and Turkish manuscripts. Despite work on individual texts, the contours of this literature as a whole are largely unknown, and many works remained unpublished. This project is creating a publicly accessible database of information about the extant manuscripts produced and circulated in Anatolia during the formative period of Islamisation from the twelfth to the beginning of the sixteenth century, containing information on their contents as well as details of place and date of copying, patronage, and authorship. The database’s codicological information will be linked to mapping software, providing for the first time solid data about the dates and places in which specific texts were circulated, illuminating the intellectual sources for the cultural and religious Islamisation of Anatolia.

A.C.S. Peacock, S.N. Yıldız (eds.). Islamic Literature and Intellectual Life in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Anatolia. (Istanbuler Texte und Studien Bd. 34) Würzburg: Ergon Verlag 2016.