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Should a Muslim Drink Coffee and Smoke? Law and Poetry in Early Modern Ottoman Bosnia

Should a Muslim Drink Coffee and Smoke? Law and Poetry in Early Modern Ottoman Bosnia
89 Charles St. W, Burwash Senior Common Room
Time: Mar 14th, 4:00 pm End: Mar 14th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Diaspora/Transnational, Book History/Print Culture, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 1800-1900, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Lecture by Selma Zecevic, Humanities, York University

The Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium is pleased to present:

Selma Zecevic, Faculty of Humanities, York University

Should a Muslim Drink Coffee and Smoke? Law and Poetry in Early Modern Ottoman Bosnia

Selma Zecevic (PhD, Columbia University) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at York University. Her research focuses on the strategies of legal interpretation in the Ottoman Empire, and most notably the construction and negotiation of gender in Ottoman Bosnian legal texts (fatwas and manuals) and endowment documents (waqf names). Her work is highly interdisciplinary, relying on polyglot sources (Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Italian) and different genres of writings. Her recent work examines the ways in which Catholic Ragusans - women and men - used Ottoman-Islamic legal institutions in order to renegotatie their legal rights as subjects of Ottoman Sultans and citizens of the semi-independent Catholic Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik). Her work in this field includes “Missing Husbands, Waiting Wives, Bosnian Muftis: Fatwa Texts and the Interpretation of Gendered Presences and Absences in Late Ottoman Bosnia” in Women in the Ottoman Balkans (2007).

The Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium (TRRC) offers a yearly programme of lectures on topics in the period 1350-1700, presented by scholars from Toronto, southern Ontario, and the north-eastern USA, in partnership with the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, and this year with a special lecture co-presented with the University of Toronto Department of English.

The lectures are free and open to the public, but the TRRC requests that regular attenders puchase an inexpensive membership to help with the costs of production.  For further information about this event and the TRRC, please contact Konrad Eisenbichler.

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