Dr Sara Nur Yildiz

PhD (University of Chicago)

Contact Details in Istanbul, Turkey:
Orient-Institut Istanbul
Susan Sokak 16-18 D.8                                                                 
Cihangir 34433 Beyoğlu                                                               
Istanbul, Turkey                                                                            
Tel. +90 (212) 293 6067 ext. 120


Broadly speaking my research interests encompass the history of  the Islamic and the Turco-Iranian world, with a focus on medieval Anatolia, which includes the Seljuk, Mongol, Turkish principalities and early Ottoman periods. I have written mainly on political culture and historical writing. I am completing a monograph, Mongol Rule in Seljuk Anatolia: the Politics of Conquest and History Writing, 1243-1282 to be published with Brill.

As a research fellow on the project, the ‘Islamisation of Anatolia, c. 1100-1500,’ (https://www.islam-anatolia.ac.uk under the supervision of the principal investigator, Dr. Andrew Peacock), I am currently concentrating on the intellectual and religious history of medieval Islamic Anatolia, spanning the Seljuk to the early Ottoman periods. I work mainly with Persian, Arabic and Old Anatolian/Ottoman Turkish manuscripts, with a particular interest in textual production and circulation as well as manuscript culture and codicology.

I am currently based in Istanbul in order to conduct research at the manuscript libraries of Turkey, and am affiliated with the Orient-Institut Istanbul, a partner of the ‘Islamisation of Anatolia’ project.


Main Publications

  •  “From Cairo to Ayasuluk: Ḥācı Paşa and the transmission of Islamic learning to western Anatolia in the late 14th century.” Journal of Islamic Studies, in press, 2014.
  • The Seljuks of Anatolia. Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East. Co-edited with A.C.S Peacock. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2013.
  • “The rise and fall of a tyrant in Seljuk Anatolia: Sa’d al-Din Köpek’s reign of terror, 1237-8.” In Robert Hillenbrand, and 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., 2013, 92-101.
  • “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., 2013, 91-111.
  • “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., 2013, 173-205.
  • “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., 2012, 436-502.
  • “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, 2012, 27-48.
  •  “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, 2012, 147-170.
  •  “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, 2011, 55-77.
  •  “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, 2009, 307-329.
  •  “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, 2005, 591-120.
  •  “Historiography. xi. Persian Historiography in the Ottoman Empire.” Encyclopaedia Iranica, vol. 12, fasc. 4 (2005): 403-411.