Theme 4: Mysticism, Astrology and Magic

Persian and Arabic influences on the Ottoman calendar with Persian influence (Takvîm li-sene 983, Istanbul University Rare Books Library, TY. 2000, f.25r).

This session aims to discuss occult sciences in the Ottoman society and traces its different cultural relations. Therefore, this theme may include the following questions:

  • What was the importance of astrology, divination and magic at the Ottoman court?
  • How did the identity of actors influence the history of the transfer of texts, techniques and practices between the different professional elites from the 14th to the 18th century?
  • What were ways of disseminating transcultural knowledge about the stars, adaptations, and assimilation?
  • Which transmission channels between the Chinese, Safavid, Ottoman and Mongol courts and their legacies played a role in the production and circulation of the occult sciences?
  • What is the role of Sufi networks and spaces in the production and circulation of astronomical and astrological knowledge? 

    Contact us: