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Travellers in Ottoman Lands:

The Balkans, Anatolia and Beyond

August 24–26, plus Aug 27 (optional), 2022
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Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina


This is a great opportunity to combine a fascinating event of lectures and workshop discussions with a visit to the region. On Saturday 27 August 2022 there is an optional trip to the historic city of Mostar with its important landmarks on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You are most welcome to attend the seminar even if you are not giving a paper.

Seminar topics will include:
• travellers to Bosnia, the Balkans and the wider Ottoman world from other parts of Europe and elsewhere
• travellers from the region to other parts of Europe and the Middle East
• pilgrims and pilgrimage within the region
• travel from the Balkans to the holy places of the Middle East, both Muslim and Christian
• artistic and literary representations of the Balkans and other parts of the Ottoman world
• the horticultural legacy of the region

See the full programme HERE

Jason Goodwin, historian and bestselling author of a series of novels set in the Ottoman Empire, the acclaimed Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire (Vintage 1999), and several non-fiction works, including the award-winning travelogue through Eastern Europe On Foot to the Golden Horn: A Walk to Istanbul (Chatto & Windus 1993).

Dr Dženita Karić, postdoctoral researcher at the Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, specialising in Muslim pilgrimage, and author of Bosnian Hajj Literature: Multiple Paths to the Holy (forthcoming, EUP 2022).

Registration for the Seminar is open at: along with details of accommodation and other arrangements, including the optional excursion to Mostar on Saturday 27 August. Late registration fees will apply after 1 July 2022.

For Seminar enquiries please email, alternatively Dr Ines Aščerić-Todd at, or Dr Aid Smajić at
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This Seminar follows the successful Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Botanical Legacy seminar held in Edinburgh in 2017.

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