Lovers of the Rose: Islamic Affect and the Politics of Commemoration in Turkish Museal Display

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This chapter explores Turkish museal display as an arena for memory-cultural Islamisation, extending beyond the walls of museums. It probes museums as spaces for exhibiting nationalism, and the burgeoning interest in religion and affect within a new museology. It discusses how Turkish expositions have appropriated aspects of such a new museology in restorative-commemorative expositions of the Ottoman past, under the auspices of the AKP government. The establishment and re-organisation of museums has co-occurred with (and extended into) a performative ritualisation of public space and education. The Ottoman-Islamic past hence is re-constructed, re-imagined, and re-spatialised, not only as a national-cultural heritage, but as ethics of citizenship. Such tendencies are developed in an analysis of the revitalisation, reinterpretation, and exposition of hilye-i sṃerif calligraphy. This Ottoman-Islamic genre, commemorating and visually conjuring the love (asṃk) for Prophet Muhammad, has emerged as a quasi-national, state-patronised, Turkish-Islamic art form, exhibited in museal-cum-ritual and affective display.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeo-Ottoman Imaginaries in Contemporary Turkey
EditorsCatharina Raudvere
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-08023-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-08022-7
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameModernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2523-7985
ISSN (Electronic)2523-7993

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Political Science
  • History of Religions


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