We have the pleasure to invite you to the Lecture given by Professor Scott Redford from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London: « Seljuks & Mongols, Mosques & Madrasas in Medieval Anatolia », on Wednesday 15 November at 17:40 in the Department of Archaeology of Bilkent University, Faculty of Humanities and Letters, Room H-132.
After the Seljuk defeat by the Mongols in 1243, the patronage, style, form, and location of Seljuk architectural patronage all began to change. In the second half of the 13th century, some of the best known of Seljuk buildings were built, often with two large minarets flanking the entrance portal. Usually these buildings, the Sahip Ata mosque and the İnce Minareli medrese in Konya, the Çifte Minareli medrese and the Gök Medrese in Sivas, and the Çifte Minareli medrese in Erzurum are viewed through the lens of Seljuk-Mongol political rivalry. This talk, too, situates these buildings in the context of this rivalry, but also in the context of developments in Islamic thought and practice in medieval Anatolia, and the close interaction between patron and architects: Seljuk emir Sahib Ata, and architects Kaluk and Kaluyan.