Category: religion

Chess for sages or Şatranc-i Urefa

I recently became interested in Ottoman literacies (see previous post), and came across another aspect of that history which piqued my interest: the Ottoman board game Şatranc-i Urefa. I finally managed to track down the game to play at home. Şatranc-i Urefa is a game that was played […]

Zhang Chengzhi

I am very slowly, line-by-line, working through, and trying to get a handle on, work by Zhang Chengzhi (张承志), a prominent and outspoken Chinese-Muslim intellectual. Little or none of his work is available in English, but he remains an important voice to be accessed in terms of understanding […]

Ottoman literacies

Here is an interesting artefact of historical literacy that I encountered, during a brief stay in Cyprus last year as a visiting lecturer. In a visit to the Hala Sultan Tekke and surrounding salt lake, one of my favourite places on the island, I saw this compilation from […]