Postdoctoral Fellow

Sara Nur Yıldız, PhD


Dr. Yıldız taught at the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Manchester University, UK (2000-2001), and at the History Department of Istanbul Bilgi University (Sept. 2003-Feb. 2008). She received her doctorate from University of Chicago in 2006, with the thesis entitled, "Mongol Rule in Thirteenth-century Seljuk Anatolia: the Politics of Conquest and History Writing, 1243-1282," under the supervision of John E. Woods, Cornell Fleischer and Robert Dankoff.

Specializing in the Seljuk, Mongol, pre-Ottoman and early Ottoman periods of Anatolia, Dr. Yıldız is currently working on a monograph based on her doctoral dissertation on Mongol rule in Anatolia as well as a general study of Seljuk Anatolia.

2008 "Razing Gevele and Fortifying Konya: the Beginning of the Ottoman Conquest of the Karamanid Principality in South-Central Anatolia, 1468." In A.C.S. Peacock, ed., Frontiers of the Ottoman World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

2008 "Şikari." In Türkiye Diyanet Vakfı İslam Ansiklopedisi, Istanbul: Türkiye Diyanet Vakfı Yayını, forthcoming.

2005 "Reconceptualizing the Seljuk-Cilician Frontier: Armenians, Latins and Turks in Conflict and Alliance during the Early Thirteenth Century." In Florin Curta, ed.
Borders, Barriers, and Ethnogenesis: Frontiers in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, pp. 91-120.

2005 "Persian in service of the state: the role of Persophone historical writing in the development of an Ottoman imperial aesthetic." Studies on Persianate Societies 2, pp. 145-163.

2004 “Historiography. xi. Persian Historiography in the Ottoman Empire.” In Encyclopaedia Iranica, vol. 12, fasc. 4, pp. 403-411.


Mongraph under Contract
Mongol Rule in Anatolia: the Politics of Conquest and History Writing, 1243­1282. Leiden: Brill, projected publication date: Dec. 2008.

Solicited Monograph under Contract
The Seljuk Empire of Anatolia. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, Norton Empire Series, projected publication date: 2011

Article in Proceedings/Book Chapter
"Contextualizing Eastern Anatolia within the geographical and political dynamics of the post-Mongol successor states in the Middle East." In Deniz Beyazid and Simon Rettig, eds. At the Crossroads of Empires: 14th and 15th Century Anatolia, Paris and Istanbul: Varia Anatolica, projected publication date: 2009.