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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Shehnamecis of Sultan Süleyman: 'Arif and Eflatun and Their Dynastic Project
by Eryilmaz Arenas Vives, Fatma Sinem, Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2010, 301; 3419770
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is a preliminary study of the works of Sultān Süleymān's two şehnāmecis: 'Ārif and Eflātūn. As such it includes the detailed examinations of the available folios of 'Ārif's Enbiyānāme and 'Osmānnāme, as well as his Süleymānnāme, a particular copy of the Timurid classic Gūy ve Çevgān, the first half of the Imperial Scroll (Tomar-i Hümāyān ) and Eflātūn's Hekāyet-i seyl āmeden be İstanbūl. A second group of manuscripts that are related to the official Ottoman şehnāmes of the period are studied as references. These include 'Ārif's Fütūhāt-i Cem.īle and Vaķ'a-yi Sulţān Bayezid ma'a Selīm Hān.

The primary aim of this thesis is to provide more and more accurate information of the unpublished manuscripts listed above. Hence this thesis is at one level an attempt to improve the limited scholarship on these sources. At the same time, the examination carried out on each source has revealed cultural nuances of the Ottoman court in the last fifteen years of Sultān Süleymān, revealing a strong experimental vein traditionally not associated with this period. These documents, all of which were prepared in and for the palace had been casted aside with the prejudice that they were too close to the center and that they reflected the uninteresting propagandist view of the pre-modern Ottoman state and its head. In contrast, what is demonstrated here is that 'Ārif and Eflātūn did not merely aim to write dynastic propaganda. Instead, they strove to record sacred history in the eve of—what some considered—the culmination of an epoch while fashioning a saintly image for Sultān Süleymān.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fleischer, Cornell H.
Commitee: Dankoff, Robert, Moayyad, Heshmat
School: The University of Chicago
Department: Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 71/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle Eastern literature, Middle Eastern history, Art history
Keywords: Arifi, Eflatun, European history, Islamic art, Ottoman historiography, Ottoman history, Ottoman literature, Shehnameci, Suleyman I, Sultan of the Turks, Turkey, Turkish history
Publication Number: 3419770
ISBN: 978-1-124-19912-2
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