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Wolf as Menace, Wolf as Mythical

Wolf as Menace, Wolf as Mythical
100 St. George Street, Sidney Smith Hall room 2098
Time: Feb 28th, 5:30 pm End: Feb 28th, 7:30 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Environment, 1800-1900, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Seminar in Ottoman & Turkish Studies featuring talk by Renee Worringer, Guelph

The Departments of History and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations present the Seminar in Ottoman and Turkish Studies:

Renée Worringer, History, University of Guelph

Enemy of the Shepherd vs. Aşina, Böri, Börte Činō, Bozkurt: Wolf as Menace, Wolf as Mythical

Humans have never been able to ignore the wolf. Unlike many animals overlooked as voiceless objects, without agency in history, wolves have not been invisible. They have been a constant presence in human consciousness, centrally located as supernatural beings, as nurturers and guides for humankind, as powerful or malevolent predators, or even as symbols of a nation. This presentation is based on an ongoing study of wolf-human relationships. It examines the historiography of non-Muslim attitudes, and the relatively less studied Islamic historical perspectives on wolves. It explores Turco-Mongolian views of wolves, and later Islamic theological doctrines concerning humans’ relationships with animals and nature. Finally, it addresses questions of modernity arising from deconstructing Christian, Muslim, and pagan attitudes towards the environment.

The purpose of this series is to bring together and initiate active discussion among scholars and students in any field relating to the Ottoman Empire, its predecessors, successors and neighbors, be they allies or rivals, in Europe or Asia. It welcomes the presentation of completed studies, work in progress, as well as discussions on recent trends in Ottoman and Turkish studies. The seminar aspires to facilitate the building of bridges with scholars working in adjacent areas.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations at (416) 978-3306.

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