April 19 – Carlos Grenier

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Carlos Grenier will present “To String the Pearls of Orthodoxy: Vernacular Sunni Apologetics in Fifteenth Century Gallipoli in its Borderland Context.”

This paper assesses vernacular Turkish Sunni dogmatic and catechistic writing in the fifteenth-century Marmara frontier region within its local context, marked by contemporaneous conversations between local Muslims and Christians — as recorded in Ottoman, Greek, and Western accounts — on the nature of their respective faiths. It argues that the successful and durable forms of populist Ottoman Islam represented by the writings of the Yazicizade brothers of Gallipoli (Mehmed, d. 1451 and Ahmed, d. 1465) was fundamentally conditioned by the interconfessional debates of the frontier.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 19th, at 4:30 pm in CWAC 152.

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