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Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective$
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Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520260559

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520260559.001.0001

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Empire Dust

Empire Dust

The Web of Relations in Saint George's Festival on Princes Island in Istanbul

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(p.220) 9 Empire Dust
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Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective
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Chris Hann

Hermann Goltz

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520260559.003.0010

This chapter describes contemporary Greek Orthodox celebrations on an island in the Bosporus that are attended by many Muslims from Istanbul, few of whom have any knowledge of the Christian faith. It draws on archival evidence to investigate the nature of syncretic activities in the late Ottoman years and finds that there was neither a crude antagonism nor the full positive embrace of “the other” that some nostalgic romanticists imagine.

Keywords:   Greek Orthodox celebrations, Bosporus, Muslims, Christianity, syncretism

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