Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Seminar Series Workshop: "Comparison with Islamic Empires" with Giancarlo Casale and Dan Sheffield

Fri, April 12, 2019 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Costanzo de Ferrara Mehmet II medal
Costanzo de Ferrara Mehmet II medal


Giancarlo Casale, University of Minnesota, and Dan Sheffield, Princeton University, will offer a workshop on "Comparison with Islamic Empires" as part of the Spring South Asia Seminar series.

Dr. Casale will present on "Mehmed the Conqueror between Universal Empire and Prisca Theologia":

The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II (d.1481) is today remembered as the quintessential conquering hero of Islam, who breached the walls of Christian Constantinople in fulfillment of a Qur'anic prophecy, and converted the great cathedral of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.  But the reality of Mehmed's reign, and his relationship to both Islam and Christianity, was considerably more complex than this modern reputation suggests.  Indeed, Mehmed's self-presentation as a ruler, and particularly his patronage of art, letters, and architecture, reveal the deep influence of Prisca Theologia, a philosophical movement of the Italian Renaissance dedicated to recovering the lost 'Original Religion' of antiquity.

Dr. Sheffield will present on "'Like the Branches of a Tree': Religious Universalism in Early Modern Iran."

The seminar series theme is "'Peace with All (Sulh-i Kull) Religions': Indo Persian Political Theology and Cosmopolitanism," convened by Azfar Moin, Religious Studies.

This talk is FREE! and open to the public.

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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