Tag Archive: cultural-strangers

Mehmet Ali’s Wunderkammer

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Yesterday, our host Willemijn introduced us to Mehmet Ali – a local artist and antique trader. He has the most wonderful collection of old maps, bric a brac, kilims and furniture. I find his… Continue reading

First steps for Cultural Strangers

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Today we started to set up a studio space in a cave next to the Babayan Culture House. This is where we will construct an installation piece that we can move from location… Continue reading

Ibrahimpaşa – the village off the Google Map

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We arrived at Ibrahimpaşa last night, the place where we will be doing our residency for the next month at the Babayan Culture House.   One of the things that I think is… Continue reading

Rumi and Sufism

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In an earlier post we explored briefly the Mawlawi Order and Women and Sufism. We were very pleased that our humble posts have been listed as references on another blog (Earth Pages) by… Continue reading

Istanbul – a hybrid city of contrasts

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To state that Istanbul is an impressive city would be somewhat of an understatement. It is an overwhelming place, with over 14 million inhabitants and crossing two continents. Istanbul is total sensory overload,… Continue reading

Hasan Dag and Catal Huyuk

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Mount Hasan (Turkish: Hasan Dağı) is an inactive stratovolcano in Aksaray province, Turkey. With an altitude of 3,253 m (10,672 ft.), it ranks as the second highest mountain of central Anatolia. A caldera 4-5… Continue reading

Mapping In Turkey: Security at the Top of the Political Agenda by Prof. Gordon Petrie

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Article July 1999 Located at the junction of Europe and Asia, Turkey is physically a big country with a population of 60 million and a turbulent and fascinating history. Its strategic position is… Continue reading

Sefer Yetzirah – 15th Century Armenian Manuscript

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On a recent trip to the south coast, we found a wonderful book in a secondhand book shop titled “Mapping the World” by Caroline and Martine Laffon. One map in particular caught our… Continue reading

Women and Sufism

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In the recent post about the Mawlawi Order, a video was posted from YouTube featuring the Sema (the musical ceremony or dance). What was interesting about this video was the number of women… Continue reading

The Mawlawi Order

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Better known as many as the Whirling Dervishes, the Mawlawi Order are a Sufi order founded in Konya (in present-day Turkey) by the followers of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi, a 13th century Persian… Continue reading