International Workshop: Nature and the supernatural in Ottoman culture - Istanbul, December 14-15, 2019

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Dear Colleagues,

The international workshop on "Nature and the Supernatural in Ottoman Culture", organized by the research project “GHOST: Geographies and Histories of the Ottoman Supernatural Tradition: Exploring Magic, the Marvelous, and the Strange in Ottoman Mentalities”, funded by the European Research Council Consolidator Grant scheme (CoGr2017 no. 771766), will take place at Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, Sıraselviler Cad. No: 49 Yeni Hayat Apt. Kat:2 D:5 Beyoğlu 34433 Istanbul, on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December. 

Due to the limited space of the meeting venue, the event will be livestreamed in a link to be announced soon.

Saturday, 14 Dec.

9:30-10:00 Reception and Greetings

Session A: Wonders and marvels

  1. 10:00-10:30 Ido Ben-Ami, “Bewitched and bewildered: wonder in early modern Ottoman society”
  2. 10:30-11:00 Feray Coşkun, “Wondrous and strange in fifteenth century Ottoman cosmographies”
  3. 11:00-11:30 Güneş Işıksel, “Ḥamza in the realms beyond the mountain Ḳaf. Marvellous, magic and some minor chronotopes”

 Coffee break 11:30–12:00

  1. 12:00-12:30 Kaan Üçsu, “Ajāʾib in Abu Bakr al-Dimashqî’s geography”
  2. 12:30-13:00 Aslı Niyazioğlu, “Urban talismans and early modern Istanbul”

Lunch 13:00-15:00

Session B: Visions of the world

  1. 15:00-15:30 Aslıhan Aksoy-Sheridan, “Taming the nefs: metempsychosis (tenāsüh) as recorded in a 17th-century mecmū‘a
  2. 15:30-16:00 Side Emre, “A preliminary study of mystical cosmologies in the early modern Ottoman world: authorship, esoteric content and inspirations in quest for a new type of learning”
  3. 16:00-16:30 Irvin Cemil Schick, “The legitimation of occult practices of dubious orthodoxy: a review of physiognomy, oneiromancy, and magic in Islam”

 Coffee break 16:30-17:00

  1. 17:00-17:30 Marinos Sariyannis, “Knowledge and control of the future in Ottoman thought”
  2. 17:30–18:00 Guy Burak, “Materiality and ‘calligraphy’ in the section on invocations, prayers and magic squares in the Palace library of Bayezid II”

S01unday, 15 Dec.

Session C: Occult practices, politics, and everyday life

  1. 10:00-10:30 Jean-Charles Coulon, “The occult response to the Black Death: ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Bisṭāmī's Kitāb Waṣf al-dawāʾ
  2. 10:30-11:00 Kostas Sarris, “Magical amulets, dried toads and confession: healing the plague between iatrosophia and Paracelsianism in the late 17th century Ottoman Ioannina”
  3. 11:00-11:30 Ahmet Tunç Şen, “Manuscript fragments of everyday divination and tracing the Ottoman history of emotions”

 Coffee break 11:30–12:00

  1. 12:00-12:30 Harun Bekir Küçük, “The power of prayer in early eighteenth-century Ottoman chronicles”
  2. 12:30-13:00 Ethan L. Menchinger, “The battle of Haçova/Mezőkeresztes (1596): myth, miracle, and political theology in the Ottoman Empire”

Lunch 13:00-15:00

15:00–15:30 Concluding remarks


Venue: Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, Sıraselviler Cad. No: 49 Yeni Hayat Apt. Kat:2 D:5 Beyoğlu 34433 Istanbul


Dear Colleagues,
Please find the live-stream link for the workshop below:

Marinos Sariyannis