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The Sacred Journey

Rediscovering the Ottoman Hajj Route

November 18, 2021 – December 17, 2021
10.00 – 18.00
The exhibition is free to attend. Please check with the Yunus Emre Enstitüsü to register for the lectures.

Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, Bloomsbury, London

The Yunus Emre Enstitüsü is hosting The Sacred Journey: Rediscovering the Ottoman Hajj Route exhibition in London. Curated by Professor Andrew Petersen, the exhibition charts this spiritual journey through history and recreates the life of the Ottoman Hajj through pictures, documents, maps and artefacts.

The exhibition is accompanied by a four-part lecture series:

· “Playing at the Sacred/Secular Boundary: The Hajj Mahmals of Cairo” with Professor Richard McGregor, taking place online, Thursday 25th November 2021, 7 pm.

· “The Iron Camel and Its Tracks: The Hejaz Railway and its legacy” with Dr Mehmet Tütüncü, taking place online, Thursday 2nd December, 7 pm.

· “Mecca in Bosnia: How Ottoman Bosnians imagined the Hajj’” with Dr Dženita Karić, taking place online, Thursday 9th December, 7 pm.

· “The ‘Pilgrims’ Companion’: a late-sixteenth century guide to the hajj” with Yahya Nurgat, taking place in-person, Thursday 16th December, 7 pm

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