Cemal Kafadar - "Consent, Construction, Conquest: The Options and The Choices of Bayezid II"

February 05, 2021

The online event organized by Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) in collaboration with Columbia University’s Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies as part of the exhibition Şeyh Hamdullah on the 500th Anniversary of His Death explores the political and cultural climate of Bayezid II’s reign, a period, where the calligrapher Şeyh Hamdullah worked and lived.

In his talk, Prof. Cemal Kafadar of Harvard University History Department will aim to reinterpret the reign of Bayezid II (r. 1481-1512) independent of the shadow of his father and his son, consider the role of Amasya independent of the place of Bursa and Edirne, and reflect on the late-fifteenth/early-sixteenth century independent of the telos of Çaldıran. Bayezid II's cultural patronage and library will be scrutinized to better understand the ruler and his vision.