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A Re-Examination of the Perception of Late Ottoman ʿUlamā within Ottoman Studies
Dr. Yakoob Ahmed
Sunday, Dec 3rd at 12:30PM CST
No registration required – live on YouTube (see stream below)
This talk will examine how, within the predominate historiography of the late Ottoman Empire, Islam is understood, but more specifically, the interlocutors of Islam – the ʿUlamā. Narratives tend to place the ʿulamā in a binary of either being religious reactionaries or subservient to reform. Primarily, the narrative is one of the ʿulamā being in decline in this late period. In this presentation, I will present how this framing requires scrutiny and that there is a further need to invest in the late Ottoman ʿUlamā to understand their place and the role of Islam in the late Ottoman Empire.