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10/14/2011 - 10/15/2011 | Berlin

Traditions of Martyrdom in the Modern Middle East

Workshop, organisiert vom Projekt "Figurationen des Märtyrers in nahöstlicher und europäischer Literatur" des Zentrums für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin

The figure of the martyr has a long tradition in the Islamic Middle East. The prominent place the martyr occupies in conflicts of modern times is described as a “recurrence of martyrs”, often perceived as a “backslide” into a pre-modern concept. However, not only have the historical and political circumstances changed due to colonialism and nation-state building. With the advent of mass media and new techniques of image production the media conditions regarding the ‘making of martyrs’ altered as well. Hence the inclusion of traditional cultic, legal or narrative elements into current discourses on martyrdom can be described more apt as adaptations or re-stagings.
In the figure of the martyr mediations in various fields can be explored: between different religious and inner-religious traditions, between traditional and modern concepts of ‘religion’, and between different media responsible for the production of commemoration (text, image, film, etc.). Concepts related to the martyr like ‘hero’, ‘sacrifice’, ‘redemption’ or ‘jihad’ underwent modifications in this process as well. During the conference, we want to look into the mediations and transformations the figure of the martyr brings about.

Vahid Behmardi (AUB Beirut), Monique Bellan (AdK Berlin), Alice Bombardier (EHESS Paris), Claudia Brunner (ZFF Klagenfurt), Agnès Devictor (Sorbonne Paris), Liza Franke (Leipzig), Sabrina Mervin (EHESS Paris), Stephan Milich (Göttingen), Joachim Negel (Marburg), Angelika Neuwirth (FU Berlin), Verena Voigt (Münster), Maryam Palizban (FU Berlin)

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10/14/2011 10:00 - 10/15/2011 18:00

Event venue:

ZfL, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, 3. Et., Trajekte-Tagungsraum 308
10117 Berlin

Target group:

Journalists, Scientists and scholars



Subject areas:

Language / literature, Religion

Types of events:

Seminar / workshop / discussion




Sabine Zimmermann


Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (ZFL)

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