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Scott Redford is Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS, London University, and Professor in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art and Director of the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations, Koç University, Istanbul. He specializes in the art, archaeology, and architecture of Anatolia and the eastern Mediterranean in the medieval period. He has participated in archaeological excavations and surveys in Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, and the United Arab Emirates. He has written a number of books, including Legends of Authority: the 1215 Seljuk Citadel Inscriptions of Sinop, Turkey (Koç University Press, 2014) .
At one time all roads led to Erzurum, a key stop on a great caravan route and a strategic bastion against invasion. Today it is a remote city on Turkey’s Asian frontier with an important history crying out to be discovered. The photographer Brian McKee continues his tour of eastern Anatolia as Scott Redford leads us from Turkic citadel to Mongol minarets in part two of Cornucopia’s Beauty and the East series
The Seljuk sultans who fell in love with Alanya and tamed its wild hillsides in the thirteenth century left a legacy of walled gardens and verdant terraces that is only now being rediscovered. Today’s landowners range from a Texan ambassador to a Turkish banana farmer. They too have fallen under Alanya’s spell. By Scott Redford. Photographs by Sigurd Kranendonk and Astrid von Schell
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