By Gabriel Doyle. When new railway lines started to crisscross Ottoman territory at the end of the 19th century, the infrastructural change fuelled a missionary awakening. Catholic congregations, especially, were interested in the urban and rural areas around the Anatolian railway line, which started to be built in 1889 and intended to link Istanbul to Ankara.
By Birgit Meyer. The volume Refugees and Religion: Ethnographic Studies of Global Trajectories, co-edited by Birgit Meyer and Peter van der Veer, disputes a hard and fast distinction between migrants and refugees by showing how shifting legal arrangements as well as people’s varying statuses make the concept of ‘refugee’ dynamic.
By Rafique Wassan. Initiated in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, Café Saqafat is a new online social media broadcasting cultural work – mediated through FaceBook live streaming and later on a recorded version uploaded on YouTube.
Threads of Tradition: Textile practices and material culture of Sufism in Istanbul. Some field notes
4 JUNE 2021 | Author: Esther Voswinckel FilizThe above quoted lines of a song lingered in my thoughts while going through field notes on textiles and religious practices in Istanbul’s Sufi tradition.
By Benedikt Pontzen. In Thomas Eriksen’s apt phrase, anthropology attends to “large issues in small places” – and so does my book, Islam in a Zongo: Muslim Lifeworlds in Asante, Ghana, which takes Islam in a zongo as its subject.
By William S. Sax. Following the rapid spread of social distancing to slow the spread of the Corona virus, Hindu nationalists developed the thesis that the rest of the world was merely adopting practices developed thousands of years ago by “Hindu civilization.”
By Maria José de Abreu. The coronavirus pandemic has brought to the fore the powers of numbers. As a vast stream of graphics, numbers and curves in yielding the global spreading of the virus makes apparent, numbers appear to count for how we are breathing in the world.
An Ancient Church Father and his Victorian Audience: Christian von Bunsen’s Unusual Work on Hippolytus of Rome and its Influence on Nineteenth-Century Debates
[T]he amiable curates were politely requested to dribble out a few drops from the full fountain of their patristic lore, that poor benighted Farmer Giles in his chimney-corner might read, for the first time in his life, the talismanic name of Hippolytu…
Ein Vortrag von Jürgen Kaube am DHI Paris. Am 17. Dezember 2020 sprach Jürgen Kaube, Feuilleton-Herausgeber der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung, im Rahmen der Reihe »Les jeudis de l’Institut historique allemand« des Deutschen Historischen Institut Paris…
The Special Issue “Max Weber” in the Japanese Intellectual Monthly Gendai Shisō. A Review by Yufei Zhou. Max Weber’s popularity in Japan’s social sciences has long been confirmed by the sheer fact that a considerable percentage of the sales volume of Ma…
Eine Flugschrift gab vor, es ganz genau zu wissen: Unter dem Titel „Designation Deß Kriegsvolcks“1, mit dem Marquis Spinola an den Mittelrhein marschierte, wurden die Truppenstärken beider sich in dieser Region versammelnden Armeen aufgeführt. Während die Truppen der Union auf … Weiterlesen →
By Natalie Lang When the world came to a halt in many places because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and researchers were worried about their fieldwork trips and research plans, Carola…
by Aliya Iqbal Naqvi and Hasan Ali Khan |
As a Sufi order or tariqah, the Rifa’iyya is better identified with its birthplace Iraq, and with parts of Anatolia and the Levant. A living branch of the order, however, that retains its pre-modern organizational structure is based today in the city of Karachi, with strong connections across the regions of Pakistani Baluchistan, Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan, and the northern coast of Oman.
“Saint Anthony’s Bread” in Istanbul and “Problem-Solving Chickpeas” in Iran: July’s Religion-Related Research Get-Together dedicated to Food and Religion
14 AUGUST 2020 | Author: Esther Voswinckel FilizSince 2019, the research field “History of Religions” of the Orient-Institut Istanbul together with IFEA has been hosting a monthly networking meeting that brings together scholars of religion from different academic fields.
The „Qur’an school problem“ in West Germany in the 1970s and early 1980s was in many ways a product of the migrant experts who bemoaned it, the teachers on loan from Turkey.
The post Turkish Teachers, Migrant Knowledge, and ‘the Qurʾan School Problem’ in West Germany first appeared in Migrant Knowledge.
By Razak Khan This article is part of the TRAFO Series “40 Years After Orientalism”. I emphasize in it accordingly that neither the term Orient nor the concept of the…
31 JULY 2020 | Authors: Katja Rieck, Melike Şahinol, Burak Taşdizen. The spread of SARS-CoV-2 took place along the arteries and capillaries of globalisation. Hardest hit were thus major nodal points of such global flows, centres of commerce, travel and tourism like New York, Paris, London, but also Istanbul.