The ideas for the chapters in this volume derive from debates which arose during a workshop entitled ‘Court and Society in Seljuk Anatolia’ held at the German Orient-Institut in Istanbul in October 2009. The workshop was supported by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, whose financial contribution is gratefully acknowledged. We would also like to thank the other workshop participants, whose contributions helped shape our thinking on Seljuk Anatolia but whose papers, for reasons of space, it is unfortunately impossible to include. We are also very grateful for the assistance of our editor at I.B.Tauris, Maria Marsh, and our copyeditor Ian McDonald. The publication of this volume was made possible by a contribution from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung towards production costs.