Andrew Peacock and The Reception of Islam in Medieval Anatolia
September 4, 2013 Leave a comment
The workshop brings together scholars from the UK, Turkey, Germany, Russia Austria and USA to address the reactions to Islam in Anatolia in the period after the Turkish invasions of the 12th-15th centuries, both among Muslim and non-Muslim communities, attempting to bring together the latest research on the intellectual history of the region. How were non Muslim communities influenced or affected by Islam? What forces influenced conversion? What were the varieties of Islam circulating in Anatolia in this period, and how did they relate to the broader intellectual trajectories of the Muslim world? How did Christians and Muslims view one another?
The Islamisation of Anatolia, c. 1100-1500 is funded by the European Research Council. This five year research project (2012-16) studies the transformation of Anatolia from a Christian to a predominantly Muslim society over the period c. 1100 to 1500AD. Whereas previous research has concentrated almost exclusively on conversion, this study also emphasises the importance of acculturation to Islam, and thus seeks to understand the processes through which Islamic culture took root among the recently converted Turkish as well as Christian populations. Very little is known of the spread of Islam in the region, and the nature both of the religion and culture of Muslim Anatolia is little understood, even though these transformations gave birth to the Ottoman Empire, which played a vital role in shaping European history, and ultimately Turkey itself.