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A Rome Of One'S Own: Reflections On Cultural Geography And Identity In The Lands Of Rum

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In considering the vicissitudes of Seljuk rule, it is appropriate to speak of "Turco-Muslim Anatolia since there were parts of the peninsula outside Muslim control until the Beylik period or even until the reign of Mehmed II, whose imperial vision could not coexist with the Swiss-cheese configuration of the lands of Rum and called for a homogenization of sovereignty in what were eventually considered to be the Ottoman core lands. As the designation of a physical and cultural geography "the lands of Rum", or simply "Rum", enjoyed currency somewhat longer. For different reasons, the avowal of an identity deriving from the physical and cultural geography of eastern Rome among members of Ottoman society now seems difficult to recognize for many in the Turkish nation-state. Ultimately, there is no Rome of one's own, unless one remains in a position to design and propagate one's own identity free of history.

Keywords: Beylik period; cultural geography; identity; lands of Rum; Ottoman core lands; Rome; Seljuk rule; Turco-Muslim Anatolia



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