“WHAT DO TALISMANIC SHIRTS DO IN A PALACE LIBRARY?”
Guy Burak, New York University
Part of the Silsila fall 2018 Lecture Series, Matters of Mediation/Bodies of Devotion
The lecture will survey the section on invocations, prayers, the special qualities of the Qur'an and magic squares in the palace library of the Ottoman sultan Bayezid II (d. 1512). It will focus on the different objects, other than manuscripts, that were listed in this section of the inventory. By examining the objects and their description, along with other texts, the lecture will raise questions about the relationship between invocations and materiality as well as the relationship between the life cycle of an object and its inclusion in the palace library.
Guy Burak is the Librarian for Middle East, Islamic and Jewish Studies at NYU's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. He is the author of The Second Formation of Islamic Law: The Hanafi School in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire. He is interested in the intersection of law, piety and art in the Islamic east in the post-Mongol period.
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