SFU’s CCSMSC presents: “The Mevlevi Dervishes and the Ottomans,” a public lecture by Dr. Christoph K. Neumann

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The Mevlevi order of dervishes operated as a specifically Ottoman institution, as its affiliates often belonged to the Ottoman elite. Members of Muslim Ottoman elites had often to be mobile as their career required them to change places. The convents of the order, located just outside of many urban centres in the Empire, were open to all Mevlevis and served as a network in this situation. My lecture examines how this network functioned. Drawing on a prosopography of Mevlevî poets, the Tezkire-i Shuara-yi Mevleviye by the Istanbulite dervish Esrar Dede, completed toward the end of the eighteenth century, it dwells on the relations between different convents and demonstrates how in the eighteenth century the emergence of Istanbul as a counterweight to the founding asitane in Konya and the exchange between poets contributed to turn the Mevleviye in one of the organisations vital for the coherence of the empire.

Dr. Christoph K. Neumann is a Professor of Turkish Studies and the Head of the Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Munich Ludwig Maximilian University. He taught at Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul Technical University, Charles University and Bogazici University. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Orient Institute of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft in Istanbul.

Dr. Neumann has published widely on the cultural, political, and intellectual history of the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries. He has also contributed to the Cambridge History of Turkey, and has translated novels by Orhan Pamuk and Ahmed Hamdi Tanpinar. His co-authored book Kleine Geschichte der Türkei (A Short History of Turkey) (Philipp Reclam, second edition 2008) was translated into Turkish, Czech and Italian. He is also the co-editor of Popular Protest and Political Participation in the Ottoman Empire: Studies in Honor of Suraiya Faroqhi, (with Eleni Gara and M. Erdem Kabadayi, Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2011), Untold Histories of the Middle East: Recovering Voices from the 19th and 20th Centuries, (with Aksin Selçuk Somel and Amy Singer, London: Routledge, 2011), Feeding People, Feeding Power: Imarets in the Ottoman Empire, (with Nina Ergin, and Amy Singer, Istanbul: Eren, 2007), Ottoman Costumes: From Textile to Identity, (with Suraiya Faroqhi, Istanbul: Eren, 2004) and The Illuminated Table, the Prosperous House: Food and Shelter in Ottoman Material Culture, (with Suraiya Faroqhi, Würzburg: Orient-Institut der DMG, 2003).

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