2013: International Workshop

The Reception of Islam in Anatolia and its Neighbours

Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilisations, Istanbul
6-7 September 2013


Friday 6 September 2013

9:15 Opening remarks

9:30-11:00 Panel 1: Christians under Muslim Rule in the Early Period

Philip Wood (AKU, London): “Christians under Muslim rule: Before the Seljuq invasions”

Alexander Beihammer (University of Cyprus): “Christian views of Islam in Early Seljuk Anatolia: Perceptions and Reactions”

11:00-11:30 Tea/coffee

11:30-13:00 Panel 2: Relations between Muslims and non-Muslims

Scott Redford (Koç University): “The Rape of Anatolia”

Peter Cowe (UCLA): “Patterns of Armeno-Muslim Interchange on the Armenian Plateau in the Interstice between Byzantine and Ottoman Hegemony”

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30 Panel 3: Muslims and Christians in Western Anatolia in the Later Middle Ages

Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Austrian Academy of Sciences): “Liquid Frontiers. A relational analysis of maritime Asia Minor as religious contact zone in the 13th-15th century”

Suna Çagaptay (Bahçeşehir University): “İklim-i Rûm: Arbitrariness and Authority in the Anatolian Princedoms”

Johannes Pahlitzsch (Universität Mainz): “Greek Orthodox Communities under Turkish Rule: Nicaea and Ephesus in the 14th Century.”

16:30 Tea/informal discussion



Saturday 7 September

9:30-11:00 Panel 4: Intellectual Exchange Between Islam and Christianity

Andrew Peacock (University of St. Andrews): An interfaith polemic of mediaeval Anatolia: Qadi Burhan al-Din of Ani on the Armenians and their heresies.

Salam Rassi (University of Oxford): The Role of Islamic Thought in ʿAbdīshōʿ Bar Brīkhā’s Christian Apologia


11:30-13:00 Panel 5: Cultural Exchange Between the Christian and Muslim Worlds

Rustam Shukurov (Moscow State University): “Byzantine borrowings from the Muslim East: principles and patterns”

Antony Eastmond (Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House): “Visual encounters in Anatolia and the Caucasus”

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-17:30 Panel 6: Sufism and Islamisation

Judith Pfeiffer (University of Oxford): “Turning blood into water: Mawlavi-Bektashi rivalries in late Seljuq Anatolia”

Ahmet Karamustafa (University of Maryland): “Islamization through the lens of the Saltukname

15:45-16:15 Tea/coffee

Rıza Yıldırım (TOBB Ekonomi ve Teknoloji Üniversitesi): “Sunnis, Shi’ites and Kharijites: A reappraisal of popular perceptions of Islam in the Medieval Anatolia and the Balkans”

Sara Nur Yıldız (University of St. Andrews): “Vernacularizing Sufi Knowledge in the Kırşehir Region: Gülşehri’s 14th-century Persian and Turkish Works in Verse”

17:30 Closing remarks

19:00 Dinner

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