The Delicate Art of Aggression: Uzun Hasan's Fathnama to Qaytbay of 1469

  title={The Delicate Art of Aggression: Uzun Hasan's Fathnama to Qaytbay of 1469},
  author={Matthew Melvin-Koushki},
  journal={Iranian Studies},
  pages={193 - 214}
  • Matthew Melvin-Koushki
  • Published 2011
  • History
  • Iranian Studies
  • Medieval Persian imperial correspondence (tarassul) remains relatively untapped as a source of historiographical information, due in no small part to its stylized and ornate character. This ornateness, far from being merely an obstructive husk to the useful pith of data within, constitutes a rich source of information in its own right; indeed, the formal aspects of a given letter may significantly alter the ostensible sense of the text. This study examines as a representative case a fathnama… CONTINUE READING
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    According to Uzun Hasan's letter to the Ottoman grand vizier Ishaq Pasha (Topkapı E. 5684), Sultan-Abu Sa'id reached this decision and was promptly captured on 15 Rajab
      Add. 7647 ff. 107a -8b. His history as a whole was criticized as being too lenient on the Persians, however, and he did not receive payment for his work
        The second hemistich of a line by Hajl b. Nadla al-Bahili, a notable in the pre-Islamic period; the verse in full: ja'a Shaqiq un 'arid an rumha-hu / inna bani 'ammi-ka fi-him rimah
          The syntax of these two sentences is defective and has been clarified on the basis of E
            Uzun Hasan'ın Osmanlılara Kars¸ı KatıˆMu¨cadeleye Hazırlıkları ve Osmanlı-Akkoyunlu harbinin bas¸laması
            • This letter is preserved as Topkapı E. 11602 and 11440 and transcribed in Bekir Sıtkı Baykal
            • 1957
            the genesis of their mission lies, of course, in the words bid' sinin (Tarikh-i Amini, 157)