For more than a century, scholars have recognized the debt that medieval Islamic architecture in Anatolia owes to the region’s earlier, Christian traditions: Byzantine, Georgian, Armenian, and Syriac. More recently, scholars noted a complicated pattern of reciprocal borrowing and imitation, especially between medieval Islamic architecture (often referred to as “Seljuk,” the name of its most famous dynasty) and Armenian traditions.
This talk takes as its starting point the richly eclectic architecture of eastern Turkey, as seen in the exhibition In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia, and relates it to its major protagonists, the photographer Ara Güler and the ambassador, Raymond Hare.
Scott Redford is a professor in the Department of Archaeology and Art History and director of the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations at Koç University, Istanbul. He researches the art, archaeology, and architecture of medieval Anatolia and the eastern Mediterranean. His most recent book, about the Seljuk inscriptions of the Sinop citadel, came out earlier this year.