"THE SOUNDS OF THE DALĀʾIL AL-KHAYRĀT AND ITS HARAMAYN IMAGES"
Sabiha Göloğlu, University of Michigan & University of Hamburg
Part of the Silsila Fall 2022 series, Body and Senses
The Moroccan Sufi saint Sulayman al-Jazuli’s (d. 870/1465) Dalāʾil al-Khayrāt (Proofs of Good Deeds) was widely recited and read in public and private spheres across the Ottoman Empire. Whether in writing or in sound, the Dalāʾil al-Khayrāt, via private ownership and book and recitation endowments, reached many at homes, Sufi convents, madrasas, and mosques from Medina to Istanbul. The majority of Ottoman Dalāʾil al-Khayrāt copies that are preserved in collections are illustrated with various compositions. Among these compositions, the Mecca and Medina couples are significant in that several of them had an audible component, as suggested in the marginal inscriptions. This talk will focus on the multisensory experiences of texts and images that arose from both recitations of the Dalāʾil al-Khayrāt and the verbal formulas attached to its Haramayn depictions.
Sabiha Göloğlu is a recipient of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Global) for her research project at the University of Hamburg and the University of Michigan. Formerly, she was a postdoctoral university assistant at the University of Vienna and a CAHIM (Connecting Art Histories in the Museum) fellow of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and the Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin. She holds a PhD in Art History from Koç University in Istanbul.