Ottoman Building Inscriptions II

A hierarchy of rule? 15th century Ottoman building inscriptions in Bulgaria and Thrace II [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 5, October 2015]

by Georg LEUBE

After having discussed two rather conventional Ottoman building inscriptions from Edirne, I would in this post like to turn to a highly unusual building inscription. This text does not adorn an imperial building in the Ottoman capital. Instead, the Hamza Bey or Eski Cami Continue reading Ottoman Building Inscriptions II

Ottoman Building Inscriptions I

Some context: Two 15th century Ottoman building inscriptions from Edirne [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 4, September 2015]

by Georg LEUBE

While analyzing building inscriptions like the great proclamation of power of Uzun Ḥasan in the qibla-īwān of the masjid-i jāmi‘ of Iṣfahān (see here), it is easy to lose sight of their context. During the same period in which Uzun Ḥasan inscribed his claim to authority in the Continue reading Ottoman Building Inscriptions I

An Âmoli Architectural Style?

Architect signature and architectural transmissions in 15th century tomb-towers of Mâzanderân (Iran) [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 3, August 2015]

by Sandra AUBE

Throughout the 15th century, the Iranian history of architecture appears to be mainly an anonymous history. Most of the architects of the famous tomb-towers from Mâzanderân during the Mar‘ashi period (760/1358-1359 – second half of the 16th c.) remain Continue reading An Âmoli Architectural Style?

Ak- and Karakoyunlu as Dynasties?

Can the Ak- and Karakoyunlu be described as Dynasties? [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 2, July 2015]

by Georg LEUBE

Can the Ak- and Karakoyunlu be described as dynasties? A dynasty is usually held to be a number of rulers, from Ancient Greek δυνάστης, literally the one who holds power, concatenated in some sort of network formulated in terms of family. Even if we leave aside Continue reading Ak- and Karakoyunlu as Dynasties?

Uzun Ḥasan in Iṣfahān

Some thoughts on Uzun Ḥasans inscription in the masjid-i jāmi’ of Iṣfahān: Gleichzeitigkeit des Ungleichzeitigen? [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 1, June 2015]

by Georg LEUBE

The masjid-i jāmi‘’ or friday-mosque of Iṣfahān is probably one of the most iconic monuments of Islamic architecture in the world. Its ‒ notwithstanding the attached picture ‒ sunny court opens on four great īwāns, grand arches leading over to semi-domes, and is Continue reading Uzun Ḥasan in Iṣfahān