Panel at the 22nd Symposium of the International Committee of Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman Studies (CIEPO), Sofia, Bulgaria, 11-14 September 2018

Ottoman perceptions of world and nature The panel aims to discuss Ottoman notions and belief systems concerning nature and the supernatural. What is really important in terms of social history is to see the field described as “supernatural” as an especially constructive vantage point to watch the interplay of different layers of culture representing varying social groups: thus, one may presuppose the existence of a “popular” or folk culture, as well as a Sufi culture, both slanting more towards a “magical” worldview, while ulema circles would seek to interpret (or, alternatively, reject) such traditions within a very rational and strict…

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