The Sons of Bayezid: Empire Building and Representation in the Ottoman Civil War of 1402-13

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BRILL, Nov 2, 2007 - History - 276 pages
This book is the first detailed reconstruction of the events and political culture of the Ottoman civil war of 1402-1413. After Timur defeated the Ottomans at the Battle of Ankara and dismembered their empire, the sons of Bayezid “the Thunderbolt” fought bloody battles for his throne, using literature and other means to justify their claims against each other. An analysis of the literature in question, which is among the earliest in Ottoman history, reveals fascinating attitudes on matters such as dynastic fratricide and power-sharing.
 

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Contents

The Battle of Ankara and its Consequences
1
Chapter One The Political Landscape after Ankara 28 July 1402 Spring 1403
41
Chapter Two Anatolia between Isa and Mehmed Çelebi Spring 1403 September 1403
79
Chapter Three Anatolia between Emir Süleyman and Mehmed Çelebi before March 1403 14 June 1410
111
Chapter Four Rumeli between Emir Süleyman and Musa Çelebi 1409? 17 February 1411
135
Chapter Five The Reign of Musa Çelebi and the End of the Civil War 17 February 1411 5 July 1413
159
Chapter Six Narrative and Legitimation in the Ottoman Civil War
195
Translation Of Abdülvasi Çelebi Halilname The Battle of Sultan Mehmed with Musa and the Defeat of Musa
221
Bibliography
233
Index
245
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