İbn Haldun Üniversitesi

Combining Architecture with Ethics: An Intellectual Portrait of Turgut Cansever

Turgut Cansever (1921-2009) has been a well-known Turkish architect and a prominent figure in reinterpreting and refashioning the centuries old architectural heritage of Turkey through inventing a novel approach that combines traditional architectural principles pertaining to a set of moral values and beliefs with a modern perspective. Cansever designed mosque, library, institute and museum buildings, and houses; prepared extensive and detailed new urban settlement plans for Istanbul, Ankara, and Sivas; and renovated old historical mansions. One particular originality that Cansever introduced was his endeavour to combine architecture with ethics that entailed a quintessential overlap of religion, tradition, architecture, and cultural identity on a socio-political axis in contemporary Turkey. Turgut Cansever is the only architect, who won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture three times in the world. His architectural practice and intellectual legacy have a great impact on the new generations of educated middle-class conservatives of Turkey. Dr. Faruk Yaslıçimen is going to talk about Cansever’s intellectual legacy in relation to his architectural designs and preferences.

Christians in Medieval Anatolian Popular Narratives

Speaker: Mihajlo Bozovic

Title: Christians in Medieval Anatolian Popular Narratives

Date: 22.03.2017 14.00

Abstract: Islamization of Anatolia in the pre-Ottoman period that ranges from the first coming of Turkish nomads in 11th century until the rise of Ottoman state in 14th century represents one of the core aspects of transformation of Anatolia and one of the greatest changes in history. In this paper we would like to concentrate on determining ethnical, religious and social identification of Christian Anatolian population on the basis of the popular narratives of Anatolia like Battal-name, Danishmend-name and Saltuk-name.Focal point of the work would be the perception of Muslim Anatolian population of their Christian counterparts in terms of intercommunal and interreligious interactions

Short Bio: Mihajlo Bozovic graduated from the Department of Oriental studies of Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. At the same department we obtained his master’s degree by completing his thesis with the title: “Anatara ibn Shedad al-Absi: from reality to myth”. Since 2012 he has been a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. The same year he was awarded a scholarship from the Ministry of Education and as such he is included in an ongoing research project titled “Christian culture on the Balkans in Middle Ages: Byzantine Empire, Serbians and Bulgarians from 9th till 15th century”. Mihajlo Bozovic is currently living in Istanbul, Turkey where he is a PhD candidate at the Alliance of Civilizations Institute.