Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

11. The Archaeology of the Stecak in Ottoman Bosnia

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

Amila Buturovic [+-]
University of York, Canada
Amila Buturovic is an Associated Professor at the University of York (Canada). Her research interests span the intersections of religion and culture, especially in the context of Islamic societies. Her latest book concerned the spaces and culture of death in Bosnia and Herzegovina, focusing on the questions of continuity and discontinuity in eschatological sensibilities, epigraphic texts, and commemorative practices in Bosnian cultural history. Currently, she is doing research on amulets, herbalism and alternative healing practices in Ottoman Bosnia.

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The paper explores the way in which Ottoman funerary forms, which had by and large established a standard before the fall of Bosnia in 1463, became reconfigured through their encounter with the mediaeval stećak monoliths. As imperial culture thrived through a rapid process of Islamisation that had a lasting effect on all spheres of life in Bosnia, vernacular practices in the marking of death remained by absorbing and reconfiguring only some aspects of the Ottoman standard. This vernacularisation of the imperial form allowed the local style to re-affirm continuity, in space and time, with the mediaeval funerary culture on the one hand and non-Muslim communities on the other.

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Buturovic, Amila. 11. The Archaeology of the Stecak in Ottoman Bosnia. Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jan 2021. ISBN 9781781797884. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36079. Date accessed: 16 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36079. Jan 2021

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