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Istanbul: The Beloved City

Istanbul: The Beloved City
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Selim Kuru and Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano
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Wednesdays at the Center

Speakers Selim Kuru and Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano will introduce the culture and gendered contexts of early modern Ottoman Istanbul through poetry and literature.

Prof. Kuru received his Ph.D. degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization from Harvard University. Selim Kuru¿s work focuses on Ottoman 14th-16th centuries Anatolian literary history, genres with respect to the topic of love and its place in the elite Ottoman society. Prof. Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano studies early modern Ottoman intellectual history, and its connections to literature, poetry, and bureaucracy. Aguirre-Mandujano is currently working on his book project, Poetics of Empire: Literature and Political Culture at the Early Modern Ottoman Court.

This presentation is sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd. and Erwin Rd. parking decks. The series provides 1-hour parking vouchers to guests.