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Letters from Mongol Anatolia: Professional, Political and Intellectual Connections among Members of a Persianised Elite

De Nicola, Bruno. 2018. Letters from Mongol Anatolia: Professional, Political and Intellectual Connections among Members of a Persianised Elite. Iran: Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies, 56(1), pp. 77-90. ISSN 0578-6967 [Article]

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In thirteenth-century Anatolia, different confessions of Christian and Muslim followers coexisted within a variety of people of diverse cultural backgrounds, including Greek, Turkmen and Persian. Politically, this multicultural and multireligious environment was accompanied by the raise of several semi-nomadic Turkmen warlords that controlled different regions of the peninsula under the nominal rule of the Seljuq Dynasty of Rum. In this historical context, Anatolia witnessed a burst of literary activity in manuscript form favoured by the economic patronage of the ruling classes. In one of the surviving manuscripts of the period held at the Suleymaniye Library in Istanbul, there is a unique munshaʼat (compilation of letters) written in Persian by a medical doctor of possible Iranian origin appointed in the second half of the thirteenth century to the regions of Kastamonu in north Western Anatolia. By looking at this rare compilation of letters, this paper reconstructs the little-known networks that existed among the members of a Persianised elite in Mongol dominated Anatolia arguing that these letters can offer a novel insight into the cultural life of the region.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/05786967.2018.1426189

Keywords:

Mongol Empire; medieval Anatolia; Persianised elites; letters; intellectual networks

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

History

Dates:

DateEvent
20 January 2018Accepted
2 February 2018Published Online
July 2018Published

Item ID:

22864

Date Deposited:

06 Feb 2018 10:28

Last Modified:

02 Aug 2019 01:26

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22864

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