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Imperial Lives, Vernacular Deaths: Muslim Tombstones in early Ottoman Bosnia

April 09, 2018
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Humanities Center Conference Room D

Amila Buturovic

The fall of Bosnia under the Ottomans in 1463 occasioned major shifts in the social, religious, and cultural landscape of the region.  The process of conversion to Islam among the local population occurred in several waves, and  left lasting effects on local death culture and commemorative sensibilities. This presentation examines the continuities and discontinuities in funerary culture as marked on Bosnian tombstones in the early Ottoman period, noting the convergence between the new imperial standards and vernacular sensibilities.  This led to new funerary forms and texts across the religious divide, which allowed for the continuation of social intimacy and shared cultural memory for centuries to come.

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