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Headless, they are heading to Paradise: Cephalophore Martyrs in the Commemorative Imagination of Ottoman Bosnia

Headless, they are heading to Paradise: Cephalophore Martyrs in the Commemorative Imagination of Ottoman Bosnia
4 Bancroft Ave, room 200B
Time: Nov 20th, 4:00 pm End: Nov 20th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Slavic Studies (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Islamic Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 1200-1500
Talk by Amila Buturovic, York University

The Seminar is Ottoman and Turkish Studies presents:

Amila Buturovic, York University

Headless, they are heading to Paradise: Cephalophore Martyrs in the Commemorative Imagination of Ottoman Bosnia

The paper discusses the cephalophore motif of beheaded martyrdom in the cultural imagination of Ottoman (and post-Ottoman) Bosnia. Associated mainly with the shrines of solitary warrior-saints of the early Ottoman period, these martyrs have brought together elements from Islamic, Byzantine, and local Slavic hagiographic and commemorative sensibilities. The role of headless martyrdom in the
memory and ritual practice across religious boundaries suggests that the violence experienced had released these martyrs from their historical circumstance and granted them the ultimate privilege of
“witnessing.”

The seminar is sponsored by the departments of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, and History, and the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.

This event is free and open to all.  For further information, please contact the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at (416) 978-3306.

 


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