By Zeynep Yürekli
In keeping with an intensive exam of structures, inscriptions, archival files and hagiographies, this booklet uncovers the political value of Bektashi shrines within the Ottoman imperial age. It therefore presents a clean and complete account of the formative technique 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) gentle strength coverage, and was once stored in money by means of imperial gurus because the Ottoman method of the Safavid clash hardened throughout the remainder of the 16th century. This ebook demonstrates that it was once a mix of 2 collective actions that verified the first parameters of Bektashi tradition from the overdue 15th century onwards. One was once the writing of Bektashi hagiographies; they associated hitherto specified social teams (such as wandering dervishes and warriors) with one another during the lives of ancient figures who have been their shopper saints, idols and identification markers (such because the saint HacÄ± BektaÅŸ and the martyr Seyyid Gazi), whereas incorporating them into Ottoman historical past in artistic methods. the opposite one was once the architectural remodelling of the saints' shrines. when it comes to kind, 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 element within the publication are the shrines of Seyyid Gazi and HacÄ± BektaÅŸ and linked legends and hagiographies. notwithstanding proven as self sufficient associations in medieval Anatolia, they have been joined within the rising Bektashi community lower than the Ottomans, grew to become its relevant centres and underwent radical architectural transformation, ordinarily less than the patronage of raider commanders dependent within the Balkans. within the approach, they therefore got here to occupy an middleman socio-political area among the Ottoman empire and its contestants within the 16th century.