LECTURE: The Mevlevis and their Manuscripts in 13th–14th Century Anatolia

03 October 2019 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room, Atatürk Bulvarı 154, first floor, 06690

A BIAA Lecture by Cailah Jackson, Junior Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

Discussant: Suzan Yalman, Assistant Professor, Department of Archaeology and History of Art, Koç University.

Summary of Event: Several illuminated Anatolian manuscripts remain from the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Many of these feature lavish ornamentation and contain rich historical details concerning the involvement of Mevlevi scribes and patrons. However, this material remains relatively neglected in broader surveys of Islamic art. This talk will partially address this gap in scholarship by discussing the arts of the book in the context of early Mevlevi activities in Anatolia. These manuscripts, all works by Jalal al-Din Rumi (d. 1273) and his son Sultan Walad (d. 1312), represent the earliest illuminated material produced by and for Mevlevi devotees. Many centuries later, they survive as a testament to the skill, creativity and devotion of the Sufi group.

Cailah Jackson is a Junior Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Her research focuses on the medieval Islamic arts of the book. Cailah gained her DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2017 and is the recipient of several awards including the 2018 BRISMES Leigh Douglas Memorial Dissertation Prize. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Islamic Manuscripts of Late Medieval Rūm, 1270s–1370s: Production, Patronage and the Arts of the Book (Edinburgh University Press).

Suzan Yalman received her PhD in 2011 from the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University, Istanbul. Yalman specializes in medieval Islamic art and architecture with a focus on Anatolia. Her research interests include memory, perceptions of the past and antiquarianism in medieval Islamic art; mirrors-for-princes; patronage in medieval Islamic architecture; medieval Islamic cities and urban networks; pilgrimage and shared sacred spaces; intersections between mysticism and visual culture. She has recently co-edited Spolia Reincarnated: Afterlives of Objects, Materials, and Spaces in Anatolia from Antiquity to the Ottoman Era with Ivana Jevtić (Istanbul: ANAMED, 2018). In addition to finishing three other co-edited volumes, at present, she is working on a monograph based on her doctoral dissertation on the architectural patronage of the Anatolian Seljuk sultan, ‘Ala al-Din Kayqubad (r. 1220–37).

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