This project has lasted much longer than I ever imagined it would. It was a fixture of my life for nearly two decades, from its initial research phase through its first rendition as a dissertation in 2008 and its final expansion and transformation into this book. It was made possible by contributions from a multitude of people, all of whom, I am afraid, I am unable to mention here by name. A very special thanks goes to my former supervisor, Cemal Kafadar, who has profoundly shaped my thinking about history with his well-rounded erudition, nuanced understanding of the Ottoman world in its wider context, and sense of historical empathy.

Ayfer Karakaya Stump The Kizilbash Alevis In Ottoman Anatolia Sufism, Politics And Community Edinburgh University Press (2020)