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Narrative and legitimation in the Ottoman Civil War

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This chapter identifies some of the means by which Mehmed Çelebi seems to have promoted his claims as single heir to the Ottoman sultanate and legitimized his elimination of his brothers. For the investigation of the political attitudes that prevailed during the civil war and Mehmed Çelebi’s response to them, one of our main sources is once again the contemporary Ahval, which was produced in Mehmed Çelebi’s court during his lifetime. The chapter presents these themes in greater detail as they emerge from a broader investigation of the narrative structure of the Ahval. Further support is provided by the Ḫalῑlnāmeʾs account of the Battle of Çamurlu, another historical narrative produced in Mehmed’s court (1414).

Keywords: Ḫalῑlnāmeʾs; Ahval; civil war; Mehmed Çelebi; Ottoman sultanate



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