SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Professor Scott Redford

BA (Princeton) MA (Columbia) PhD (Harvard)
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Publications



Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Mark Womersley, Post Medieval Monastic and Vernacular Architecture within Northern Ethiopia
  • Udomluck Hoontrakul, The Development of Political Economy and Social Formation of the Marginal Polities on the Salween River Basin, Northwestern Thailand During the first millennium CE to the mid-second millennium CE

Co-supervisor (with Zeynep Yürekli) of Zarifa Alikperova, University of Oxford. Thesis (working) title: "The Shrine of Rumi in Konya: Architecture, Politics, and Sufi Piety, 1270s-1570s."

Co-supervisor (with Bethany Walker) of Shireen El Kassem, University of Bonn. Thesis (working) title: "Mamluk Textiles: Changing Patterns in Mamluk Clothing and its Impact in the Mediterranean."

Second supervisor (with Lorenz Korn) of Ana Maria Grbanovic, University of Bamberg. Thesis (working) title: "Ilkhanid Stucco and Tile Revetment in Iran circa 1300. Function, Meaning, and Aesthetic Principles."


I'm interested in investigating cultural boundaries between the different communities that shared the geographies and cultures of the areas that now constitute Turkey, the southern Caucasus, northern Mesopotamia, Syria, and Iran in the medieval period (11-14th cs CE). This entails a 'big tent' approach to material culture, including traditional art historical subjects, but also numismatics, epigraphy, ceramics, and other fields allied with archaeology, landscape studies, and the architecture and archaeology of travel. My research has been supported by grants from the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Getty Foundation, the Barakat Trust, the van Berchem Foundation, the British Institute at Ankara, the British Council Cultural Preservation Fund and other organizations.


Authored Books

Redford, Scott (2014) Legends of Authority: The 1215 Seljuk Inscriptions of Sinop Citadel, Turkey. Istanbul: Koç University Press.

Leiser, Gary and Redford, Scott (2008) Victory Inscribed: The Seljuk Fetihname on the Citadel Walls of Antalya, Turkey. Istanbul: AKMED.

Redford, Scott (2000) Landscape and the State in Medieval Anatolia: Seljuk Gardens and Pavilions of Alanya, Turkey. Oxford: Arcaeopress.

Redford, Scott (1998) The Archaeology of the Frontier in the Medieval Near East: Excavations at Gritille, Turkey. Philadelphia: University Museum Publications, University of Pennsylvania.


Bakırer, Ömür and Redford, Scott (2017) 'The Kubadabad Plate: Islamic Gilded and Enameled Glass in Context'. Journal of Glass Studies, (59), pp 171-191.

Redford, Scott (2012) 'A Twelfth Century Iron Workshop at Kinet, Turkey'. Byzas 15 - Byzantine Small Finds in Archaeological Contexts, (15), pp 385-392.

Redford, Scott (2012) 'Portable Palaces: On the Circulation of Objects and Ideas about Architecture in Medieval Anatolia and Mesopotamia'. Medieval Encounters, (18) 4-5, pp 382-412.

Redford, Scott (2010) 'Sinop in the Summer of 1215: The Beginning of Anatolian Seljuk Architecture'. Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia, (16) 1, pp 125-538.

Redford, Scott (2009) 'The Inscription of the Kırkgöz Hanı and the Problem of Textual Transmission in Seljuk Anatolia'. Adalya, (12), pp 347-359.

Redford, Scott (2008) 'A Newly Read Inscription on the Walls of Antalya, Turkey'. Muqarnas, (25), pp 177-183.

Redford, Scott (2007) ''What Have You Done for Anatolia Today?’ Islamic Archaeology in the Early Years of the Turkish Republic'. Muqarnas, (24), pp 243-252.

Redford, Scott (2007) 'The Kıble Wall of the Kargı Hanı'. Adalya, (10), pp 351-368.

Redford, Scott (2007) 'Words, Books, and Buildings in Seljuk Anatolia'. International Journal of Turkish Studies, (13), pp 7-16.

Redford, Scott (2007) 'Kinet Höyük’te Bulunan bir Kase [A Bowl Found at Kinet Höyük] Proceedings of an International Conference on Turkish Art and Archaeology Konya: Selçuk University'. Konya Kitabi, (10), pp 537-542.

Blackman, M. James and Redford, Scott (2005) 'Neutron Activation Analysis of Medieval Ceramics from Kinet, Turkey, especially Port Symeon Ware'. Ancient Near Eastern Studies, (42), pp 83-186.

Redford, Scott (2005) 'A Grammar of Rum Seljuk Ornament'. Mésogeois, (25-26), pp 283-310.

Redford, Scott and Ikram, Salima and Parr, Elizabeth M. and Beach, Timothy (2001) 'Excavations at Medieval Kinet, Turkey'. Ancient Near Eastern Studies, (38), pp 58-138.

Redford, Scott (2000) 'Just landscape in medieval Anatolia'. Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, (20) 4, pp 313-324.

Redford, Scott and Blackman, M. James (1997) 'Luster and Fritware Production and Distribution in Medieval Syria'. Journal of Field Archaeology, (24) 2, pp 233-247.

Redford, Scott (1995) 'Medieval Ceramics from Samsat, Turkey'. Archéologie islamique, (5), pp 55-70.

Redford, Scott (1994) 'Thirteenth Century Rum Seljuq Palaces and Palace Imagery'. Ars Orientalis, (23), pp 215-232.

Redford, Scott (1994) 'Ayyubid Glass from Samsat, Turkey'. Journal of Glass Studies, (36), pp 81-91.

Blackman, M. James and Redford, Scott (1994) 'Glazed Calcareous Clay Ceramics from Gritille'. Muqarnas, (11), pp 31-34.

Redford, Scott (1993) 'The Seljuks of Rum and the Antique'. Muqarnas, (10), pp 148-156.

Redford, Scott (1991) 'The Alaeddin Mosque in Konya Reconsidered'. Artibus Asiae, (51), pp 54-74.

Redford, Scott (1990) 'How Islamic Is It? The Innsbruck Plate and Its Setting'. Muqarnas, (7), pp 119-135.

Redford, Scott (1986) 'Excavations at Gritille (1982-1984): The Medieval Period. A Preliminary Report'. Anatolian Studies, (36), pp 103-136.

Edited Books or Journals

Redford, Scott, (ed.), (2014) Antioch on the Orontes. Early Explorations in the City of Mosaics. Istanbul: Koç University Press.

Redford, Scott and Ergin, Nina, (eds.), (2013) Cities and Citadels in Turkey: From the Iron Age to the Seljuks. Leuven: Peeters. (Ancient Near Eastern Studies Supplement Series; 40).

Redford, Scott and Ergin, Nina, (eds.), (2010) Perceptions of the Past in the Turkish Republic. Lueven: Peeters. (Ancient Near Eastern Studies Supplement Series; 31).

Book Chapters

Redford, Scott (2021) 'Inscribe and de-scribe/cipher and de-cipher : a pious phrase in medieval Byzantium and Islam'. In: Houston, Stephen and Bodel, John, (eds.), The Hidden Language of Graphic Signs: Cryptic Writing and Meaningful Marks. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 80-99.

Redford, Scott and Insoll, Timothy and Fenwick, Corisande (2021) 'Medieval Turkey'. In: Walker, Bethany, (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Redford, Scott (2020) 'Flags of the Seljuk sultanate of Anatolia: Visual and textual evidence'. In: Vryzidis, N., (ed.), The hidden life of textiles in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean : Contexts and cross-cultural encounters in the Islamic, Latinate and Eastern Christian worlds. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.

Redford, Scott (2019) 'Rum Seljuk Emir Mübarizeddin Ertokuş and his Madrasa: Reading Identity through Architectural Patronage'. In: Jevtić, I. and Magdalino, P. and Durak, K., (eds.), Identity and the other in Byzantium : papers from the fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium, İstanbul 23-25 June 2016. Istanbul: Vehbi Koç Foundation.

Redford, Scott (2018) 'Minaret Meets Portal in Mongol Anatolia'. In: Hillenbrand, Robert, (ed.), The Architecture of the Iranian World 1000-1250. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [Forthcoming]

Redford, Scott (2018) 'Caravanserais, Roads, and Routes in Seljuk Anatolia'. In: Vandeput, L. and Baird, D. and Görkay, K. and Haldon, J. and Massa, M. and Mitchell, S., (eds.), Pathways of Communication: Routes and Roads in Anatolia from Prehistory to the Seljuk Period. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Forthcoming]

Redford, Scott (2018) 'One Man, Two Caravanserais'. In: Peker, A.U., (ed.), Ömür Bakırer’e Armağan/Festschrift for Ömür Bakırer. Ankara: Middle East Technical University Faculty of Architecture Press. [Forthcoming]

Hoffman, Eva and Redford, Scott (2017) 'Transculturation in the Eastern Mediterranean (1050-1250)'. In: Flood, Finbarr Barry and Necipoğlu, Gülru, (eds.), A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture (2 vols). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp 405-430.

Redford, Scott (2015) 'Intercession and Succession, Enlightenment and Reflection: The Inscriptional Program of the Karatay Madrasa, Konya'. In: Eastmond, Anthony, (ed.), Viewing Inscriptions in the Late Antique and Medieval World. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp 148-169.

Redford, Scott (2015) 'Medieval Arsenals in Anatolia: Sinop and Alanya'. In: Ladstätter, S. and Pirson, F. and Schmidts, T., (eds.), Harbors and Harbor Cities in the Eastern Mediterranean from Antiquity to Byzantium. Recent Discoveries and New Approaches. Istanbul: Ege Yayinlari, pp 543-552.

Redford, Scott (2014) 'Port Saint Symeon Ceramics and Cyprus'. In: Papanikola-Bakirtzi, Demetra and Coureas, Nicholas, (eds.), Cypriot Medieval Ceramics: Reconsiderations and New Perspectives. Nicosia: The Cyprus Research Centre and The A. G. Leventis Foundation, pp 125-151.

Redford, Scott (2013) 'Constantinople, Konya, Conical Kiosks, Cultural Confluence'. In: Ödekan, Ayla and Necipoğlu, Nevra and Akyürek, Engin, (eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Conference. Istanbul: Vehbi Koç Foundation, pp 48-54.

Redford, Scott (2013) 'Mamālik and Mamālīk: Anatolian Seljuk Citadels and their Decorative and Inscriptional Programs'. In: Redford, Scott and Ergin, Nina, (eds.), Cities and Citadels in Turkey: From the Iron Age to the Seljuks. Leuven: Peeters, pp 305-346.

Redford, Scott (2012) 'Paper, Stone, Scissors: ‘Ismat al-Dunya wa’l-Din, ‘Ala’ al-Din Kayqubadh, and the Writing of Seljuk History'. In: Peacock, Andrew C. S. and Yıldız, S.N., (eds.), The Seljuks of Anatolia: Court and Society in the Mediaeval Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris, pp 151-170.

Redford, Scott (2012) 'Trade and Economy in Antioch and Cilicia in the 12th-13th Centuries'. In: Morrisson, Cécile, (ed.), Trade and Markets in Byzantium. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, pp 295-307.

Redford, Scott (2011) 'City Building in Seljuq Rum'. In: Lange, Christian and Mecit, Songul, (eds.), The Seljuqs: Politics, Society, and Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp 256-276.

Redford, Scott (2010) 'Maurozomes in Konya'. In: Ödekan, Ayla and Akyürek, Engin and Necipoğlu, Nevra, (eds.), Proceedings of the First International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium (Uluslararasi Sevgi Gönül Bizans Arastirmalari Sempozyumu Bildiriler). Istanbul: Vehbi Koç Foundation, pp 48-50.

Redford, Scott (2010) 'Some Problems of Anatolian Seljuk Inscriptions from Antalya and Alanya'. In: Doğan, Sema and Ötüken, Yıldız, (eds.), Bizans ve Çevre Kültürler: Yıldız Ötüken Armağanı. Istanbul: Vehbi Koç Vakfı, pp 304-310.

Redford, Scott (2006) 'Albert Gabriel, les turcs, et l’architecture seldjoukide'. In: Pinon, P., (ed.), Albert Gabriel: Architecte, archéologue, artiste, voyageur. Istanbul: Yapı Kredi, pp 79-84.

Redford, Scott (2006) 'Selçuklu Sarayları, Bahçeleri ve Kırsal Ortam [Seljuk Palaces, Gardens, and Landscape]'. In: Peker, A.U. and Ocak, A.Y. and Bilici, K., (eds.), Anadolu Selçukluları ve Beylikler Dönemi Uygarlığı. Ankara: Ministry of Culture, pp 291-303.

Redford, Scott (2004) 'Byzantium and the Islamic World'. In: Evans, Helen C., (ed.), Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp 389-396.

Redford, Scott (2004) 'On Saqis and Ceramics: Systems of Representation in the Northeast Mediterranean'. In: Weiss, Daniel H. and Mahoney, Lisa, (eds.), France and the Holy Land: Frankish Culture at the End of the Crusades. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, pp 282-312.

Redford, Scott (2003) 'Archeology and Turkish Studies'. In: Quataert, Donald and Sayarı, Sabri, (eds.), Turkish Studies in the United States. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp 31-42.

Book Reviews

Redford, Scott (2006) 'Review of: Serçe Limanı, an Eleventh-Century Shipwreck, Volume 1: The Ship and Its Anchorage, Crew, and Passengers by George F. Bass, Sheila D. Matthews, J. Richard Steffy, Frederick H. van Doorninck, Jr., Texas A & M University Press, 2004.'. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, (341), pp 84-86.

Redford, Scott (2004) 'Review of: : The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine by Jodi Magness, Eisenbrauns, 2003.'. American Journal of Archaeology, (108) 4, pp 647-648.

Redford, Scott (2003) 'Review of: 'Excavations at Surt (Medinat al-Sultan) Between 1977 and 1981' by Géza Fehérvári, 'Abbas Hamdani, Masoud Shaghlouf, and Hal Bishop, edited by Elizabeth Savage. London: Department of Antiquities, Tripoli and the Society for Libyan Studies, 2002.'. Ars Orientalis, (33).

Redford, Scott (2002) 'Review of: A Historical Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire: Breaking New Ground by Uzi Baram, Lynda Carroll. New York: Kluwer, 2000.'. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, (326), pp 101-103.

Redford, Scott (2000) 'Review of: Mittelalterliche Tierreliefs in Anatolien und Mesopotamien by Joachim Guerlichs. Tübingen: Ernst Wasmuth Verlag, 1996.'. Artibus Asiae, (59) 3/4, pp 320-322.

Redford, Scott (1998) 'Constructions of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo by Y. Tabbaa, Penn State University Press, 1997.'. Ars Orientalis, (28), pp 117-118.

Redford, Scott and Moore, John (1997) 'Review of: Tille Hoyuk I: The Medieval Period by John Moore. Oxford: British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, 1993.'. American Journal of Archaeology, (101) 4, pp 812-813.

Redford, Scott (1995) 'Review of: 'The Fort at Dereağzı and Other Material Remains in Its Vicinity: From Antiquity to the Middle Ages' edited by J. Morganstern. Tübingen: Ernst Wasmuth, 1993.'. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, (54) 3, pp 370-371.

Redford, Scott (1995) 'Review of: 'The Art of the Saljuqs in Iran and Anatolia' edited by R. Hillenbrand, Mazda Publishers, 1994.'. MESA Bulletin, (29).

Redford, Scott (1988) 'Review of 'Anadolu Kümbetleri. Selçuklu Dönemi' and 'Anadolu Selçuklu Mimarisi ve Moğollar' by O. Tuncer'. MESA Bulletin, (22).

Redford, Scott (1988) 'Review of: Al-Fustat Its Foundation and Early Urban Development by W. Kubiak. The American University Press, Cairo, 1987.'. MESA Bulletin, (22).

Redford, Scott (1987) 'Review of: 'Anadolu Selçuklu Sanatı Üzerine Görüşler' by S. Ögel'. MESA Bulletin, (1987).

Redford, Scott (1986) 'Review of 'Türkiye Selçukluları Devrinde Konya' by T. Baykara. Ankara : Kültür ve Turizm bakanlığı, 1985.'. MESA Bulletin.


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