Session530
TitleFringe Expertise?: Occult Practices and Authority in Pre-Modern Eurasia, I - Practice and Context
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorProject 'The Sorcerer's Handbook: Medieval Arabic Magic in Context', University of Exeter / Leverhulme Trust
 
OrganiserGeoffrey Humble, School of Medicine, University of Leeds
Sarah Ortega, Leeds Arts & Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds
 
Moderator/ChairGeoffrey Humble, School of Medicine, University of Leeds
 
Paper 530-a Amuletic and Gospel Texts: The Power of 'And'
(Language: English)
Jacquelyn Tuerk-Stonberg, Department of History, Kean University, New Jersey
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Art History - General; Byzantine Studies; Epigraphy
Paper 530-b Ottoman Harem Occult Interests
(Language: English)
Özge Nur Yıldırım, Independent Scholar, Istanbul
Index Terms: Archives and Sources; Gender Studies; Islamic and Arabic Studies
 
AbstractThese paired sessions bring together papers that provide a cross-cultural comparison of the social forces that shaped pre-modern occult practices and their legacies. This first session examines the activities and contexts of practitioners. Jacquelyn Tuerk-Stonberg investigates how Byzantine amulets transform the power of gospel texts and deploy it for individualised use. Özge Nur Yıldırım maps the role of elite Ottoman women as transmitters of the occult sciences by examining works commissioned in the context of the harem.