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A Regional Perspective on Tarhuntašša and Tabal

A Regional Perspective on Tarhuntašša and Tabal

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room

28 November 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Michele Massa (BIAA) and James Osborne (University of Chicago)

Discussant: Marie-Henriette Gates (Bilkent University)

Summary of Event:

In 2019, the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project and the Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project brought to light exciting new evidence about a previously unknown Late Bronze and Iron Age regional centre in the Konya Plain. Türkmen-Karahöyük, one of the largest settlements in pre-Classical Anatolia, is almost certainly the royal seat of King Hartapu, whose Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription found at the site describes his exploits across the country. We further propose that the site might have been an important centre of the elusive kingdom of Tarhuntašša. Here we present the preliminary results of the 2019 intensive survey, the philological analysis of the inscription, as well as an assessment of the socio-political dynamics in the region contemporary with the apogee of Türkmen-Karahöyük.

Keywords: Archaelogy; Konya; Tarhuntašša; Tabal

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Legitimating Occult Practices of Dubious Orthodoxy: Dream Interpretation

Legitimating Occult Practices of Dubious Orthodoxy: Dream Interpretation

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room

04 December 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by İrvin Cemil Schick (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)

Discussant: Nil Tekgül (Department of Turkish Literature, Bilkent University)

Summary of Event:

The Qur’ān makes clear its opposition to occult practices, and yet, they were and continue to be practiced widely and not by any means as marginal traditions. How can the sharī‘ah’s distaste for divination be reconciled with the latter’s widespread acceptance? This talk offers an answer by reviewing the various means by which occult practices have been legitimated as they appear in extant treatises, focusing in particular on dream interpretation. Many treatises begin with lists of citations from the Qur’ān and the ḥadīths that can be interpreted as sanctioning the practice of oneiromancy; to determine the more subtle means by which such legitimation was accomplished, it is instructive to compare Islamic oneiromancy with its Greek and Jewish antecedents.

 

Keywords: Dreams; Oneiromancy; Islam

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BIAA London Lecture: Conflict and Reconciliation: A Role for Turkish Civil Society Today?

BIAA London Lecture: Conflict and Reconciliation: A Role for Turkish Civil Society Today?

London | Wolfson Auditorium, The British Academy

10 December 2019 18:30 to 20:00

A BIAA London lecture by Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis, former BIAA Assistant Director (2015-2019).

For more than a decade after 1999, significant reconciliation efforts emerged amidst the troubled relations between Turkey and its neighbours Greece, Armenia and the Republic of Cyprus. Even the thorny Kurdish issue saw the launch of a short-lived peace process between 2013-2015. In all these processes of rapprochement, civil society actors and initiatives played a significant role in facilitating empathy across the societies and ethnic groups in question. Civil society’s role was important because conflict and mistrust were sustained by painful memories of loss and displacement that usually excluded the pain of the ‘other’.

Today, the positive momentum that such reconciliation efforts achieved appears long gone. Instead, cool relations at best - tensions, live conflict, and war at worst - have returned. Adopting a comparative historical approach, this lecture will evaluate the successes and failures of civil society’s role in promoting rapprochement and reflect on the challenges that Turkish civil society faces in the pursuit of regional peace.

Images:

1) A common prayer for deceased ancestors by Turkish and Greek descendants of families affected by population exchange at the village of Panagitsa in Northern Greece. (Source: Milliyet Newspaper) 

2 and 3) The commemoration of Hrant Dink, an Armenian-Turkish journalist, on the 8th anniversary of his assassination. Osmanbey, Istanbul. Images by Esin.

Keywords: Politics, civil society, reconciliation

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