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Tribes, bandits, & minstrels: A shared popular culture as a response to Ottoman and Safavid power
Speaker: Ali Aydın Karamustafa is a historian of the
early modern Eurasian world. He is
generally interested in literature and social
history in the Ottoman, Safavid, and
Russian Empires. His research project,
which aims to turn his doctoral dissertation
into a book, examines the popular song
and storytelling tradition of Köroğlu
(Turkish for “the blind man’s son”) as a
historical source regarding the expansion
of Ottoman and Safavid imperial power in
the Caucasus. Although his dissertation
primarily examined the source for its
insight on 17th-century tribal perspectives,
the book project will broaden the time
frame and include the modern period in its

Respondent: Edmund Herzig (Oxford)

Mar 9, 2021 05:30 PM in London

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