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Can We Speak of 'Confessionalization' beyond the Reformation? - Ottoman Politics of Piety and Empire-Building in an Early Modern Eurasian Perspective

Surname-i Humayun TSK Hazine 1344 276b-277a
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:10 pm

The talk will reflect on the question of whether the Reformation was part of a global religious conjuncture, and if so, how such a conjuncture should be named and analytically approached. As a vantage point, the talk will take politics of piety in the Ottoman Empire, specific dynamics within its various communities, and the processes of empire building (mid-15thearly 18th centuries), situating it into the wider context of inter-imperial rivalries and religious politics in early modern Eurasia. The talk is based on the conclusions of the OTTOCONFESSION project (2015-2021).

Tijana Krstić, Ph.D. (2004), University of Michigan, is Associate Professor at Central European University's Department of Medieval Studies. She specializes in early modern Ottoman history and is the author of Contested Conversions to Islam (Stanford University Press, 2011), co-editor (with Derin Terzioğlu) of Historicizing Sunni Islam in the Ottoman Empire, c. 1450–c. 1750 (Brill, 2020) and Entangled Confessionalizations? (Gorgias Press, forthcoming), as well as various articles on early modern Ottoman cultural and religious history.

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Meeting ID: 981 3811 8684

Passcode: medspub