Warriors, Martyrs, and Dervishes: Moving Frontiers, Shifting Identities in the Land of Rome (13th-15th Centuries) focuses on the perceptions of geopolitical and cultural change, which was triggered by the arrival of Turkish Muslim groups into the territories of the Byzantine Empire at the end of the eleventh century, through intersecting stories transmitted in Turkish Muslim warrior epics and dervish vitas, and late Byzantine martyria. It examines the Byzantines’ encounters with the newcomers in a shared story-world, here called “land of Rome,” as well as its perception, changing geopolitical and cultural frontiers, and in relation to these changes, the shifts in identity of the people inhabiting this space. The study highlights the complex relationship between the character of specific places and the cultural identities of the people who inhabited them.
Buket Kitapçı Bayrı, Ph.D. (2010), Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Boğaziçi University, is senior fellow at Koç University, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (GABAM).
"Overall, this is a very stimulating book which sheds considerable light on the vibrant, fluid and often brutal landscapes of 13th-15th century Anatolia (as well as other lands formerly ruled by the Byzantine Empire). It offers texture and detail to the identities, boundaries and ambitions which moulded this world. To date, scholars have been at pains to stress the many zones of accord and positive interaction between the peoples of these regions, especially the Turks and local Christians, highlighting examples of cross-cultural influence and intermarriage.This book does not neglect such themes and yet the lasting impression it imparts is of a deeply conflictual environment where inter-cultural exchange could take place but within a social context of deeply-rooted suspicion and antagonism''. Nicholas Morton, in
AL-MASĀQ, 32 (2), 2020.
Acknowledgements List of Maps Note on Transliteration
Introduction 1 Sources
“Romanization” 3 Organization of the Book
Warriors 1 Introduction
2 Part 1:
The Battalname 2.1
Land of Rome and Frontiers 2.2
Byzantines: Fact and Fiction 3 Part 2: The
Land of Rome and Frontiers 3.2
Byzantines: Fact and Fiction 3.4
Social and Cultural Frontiers: Love Affairs and Food as Identity Markers 3.5.1 Love Affairs
3.5.2 Food, Feasting, and Fasting: The Creation of Boundaries
3.5.4 Sugar and Sweet
3.5.5 Fish, Seafood, and Wine
Who Are You?
Martyrs 1 Introduction
2 Part 1: The Story of the Stories: Late Byzantine Martyrs and
Nicene Empire (1204–1261) 2.1.1 Thirteen Monks of Cyprus (m. 1231) (
Reign of Andronikos II Palaiologos (1282–1328) 2.2.1 Niketas the Younger (m. December 1282) (
BHG 2302, 2303)
2.2.2 Michael of Alexandria (m. ca. 1311–1325) (
Liberation of Philadelphia (March 7, 1348) (BHG 801q): A Dissident Text 2.4
Hesychast Patriarchs (1347–1397) 2.4.1 Theodore the Younger (m. 1347–ca. 1369) (
2.4.2 Three Martyrs of Vilnius (m. 1347) (
2.4.3 Anthimos, Metropolitan of Athens (m. 1371) (
Eve of the Council of Ferrara-Florence (1437–1439) 2.5.1 George of Adrianople (m. 1437) (
3 Part 2: Land of Rome, Frontiers, Cities, and Us and Them
Land of Rome 3.2
Frontiers: Borders of the Christian Roman Oikoumene 3.3
Dervishes 1 Sarı Saltuk, the Nomad Dervish
2 Land of Rome
4 Us and Them
Abbreviations Bibliography Index
All those interested in late Byzantine period, late medieval Anatolia, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, and anyone concerned with issues on identity, space, place, and story telling.