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the passing of a handkerchief

two lovers separated during the nationalistic shifts of the balkan wars exchange a handkerchief....again, this follows on from my last post on fabric and ritual...

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Mendilimin Yeşili

The song whose lyrics I published in my last blog post is this one, from a Turkish soap opera broadcast several years ago.


Posted on January 3, 2013 at 11:39am

Descriptions of Thickness, Fabrics, Green Handkerchiefs and Rituals

At the moment I am grappling a bit with Clifford Geertz in an attempt to get a firmer background in classical anthropological texts, although of course that can be both a blessing in a curse. On the one hand I am learning the language of Anthro and its ancestor cult (!) but I also risk adopting ideas that have been morei ntegrated, critiqued, surpassed etc...by now. I risk being out of touch. Oh well!

While looking at Geertz have the impression that my emphasis on contextualization is…


Posted on January 3, 2013 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Women who Glow in the Dark and a New Mexican-Turkish Axis

So, I have recently returned from a conference/summer school on Meso-American traditional healing practices at the University of New Mexico. The participants were an interesting mix of academics and practitioners with the slant towards a general audience amongst the presenters.I am hoping to continue connecting to the scholars at the program, which is repeated every summer in Albuquerque.I gave a couple of short presentations on popular beliefs and healing practices in Turkish culture. Its…


Posted on August 2, 2012 at 12:28pm — 6 Comments

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At 8:39am on June 12, 2012, John McCreery said…

Hi, Logan

Just stumbled on the following and thought it might be up your alley.



At 7:46pm on May 9, 2012, Sahil K Warsi said…

Yes, of course!  He's buried in the dergah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Awliya. I always visit them together.  We're waiting for you :) xx

At 4:04am on April 26, 2012, Safet HadziMuhamedovic said…

Hi Logan,

No wonder I've noticed the calligraphy from Bursa just now. I've spent most of last month doing fieldwork in a southern Bosnian village with no internet connection. The 'Arts of Memory' panel went really well and I would love to get your abstract before sending a book proposal out, if you have time of course. 

The calligraphy is very interesting. I will soon post some photos I've taken in an old Qaderiyya tekke of Hadzi Sinan in Sarajevo. The outer walls are adorned with some of the finest calligraphy I've seen. You should definitely come and do some research here. :)



At 12:23pm on March 27, 2012, Sahil K Warsi said…

Well howdy-do?!

At 9:11pm on April 14, 2011, Safet HadziMuhamedovic said…
:) Good luck with the editing! Looking forward to reading your work.
At 12:00am on March 16, 2011, Safet HadziMuhamedovic said…
Also, your research is really interesting! Perhaps you send me a copy of your thesis once it is completed.
At 3:50pm on March 15, 2011, Safet HadziMuhamedovic said…
Really interesting photos. Perhaps you can post them to the sacral geography group and write a few lines about the tekke? :)
At 6:54pm on January 18, 2011, Keith Hart said…
Welcome to the OAC, Logan! Check out the About tab and let me know if I can help at all. Keith


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