Guedy, David Durand


Research Topic: The Lifestyle and Spatial Dynamics of the Saljuqs of Rum in Perspective

Dr.Durand-Guedy is an historian specialized on eleventh-twelfth-century Iran. He has worked extensively on the transformation of local urban societies (esp. Isfahan) under Saljuq rule. He is also working on manuscripts (Imad al-Din Isfahani’s unpublished chronicle of the Saljuqs) as well as insha material and Persian poetry. His main project however aims to clarify the geographical setting of Saljuq kingship: How did the Saljuq rulers occupy and control their territory? To what extent were they following an itinerant way of life? What was their relationship to the cities? Where did they live? Answering such technical questions provide is key to understand the structure of the Turkish domination itself, its relationship with the local societies as well as the workings of the acculturation process (if any).
Previous researches he has conducted on the lifestyle of the Great Seljuqs (1040-1194) in Iran showed that not only the sultans kept following a semi-itinerant way of life even in peace time, but they spent most of their life with their court in extra-urban tented camps, very much like the Mongols. During this year at ANAMED, He intend to put these results into perspective with the case of the Saljuqs in thirteenth century Anatolia, to analyze how and why both situations differ.