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Amila Buturović

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Department of Humanities

Professor

Office: Vanier College, 222
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77054
Email: amilab@yorku.ca

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Amila Buturovic's research interests span the intersections of religion and culture, especially in the context of Islamic societies. Her latest book concerned the spaces and culture of death in Bosnia and Herzegovina, focusing on the questions of continuity and discontinuity in eschatological sensibilities, epigraphic texts, and commemorative practices in Bosnian cultural history. Currently, she is doing research on the culture of health in Ottoman Bosnia, investigating mainstream and alternative healers and healing practices and focusing on the interconfessional transmission of medical theories and manuals, amulets and talismanic practices, and herbalism.

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Amila Buturovic's research interests span the intersections of religion, culture, and identity, especially in the context of Islamic societies. Furthermore, she is interested in the theories and practices of translation and polyglossia, and has written on that subject in relation to Arabo-Islamic Spain and the Ottoman Balkans. Her publications include many articles and essays on these varied subjects. She is the author of Stone Speaker: Medieval Tombstones, Landscape, and Bosnian Identity in the Poetry of Mak Dizdar (2002), and a co-editor, with Irvin C Schick, of Women in the Ottoman Balkans: Gender, Culture and History (2007). Her monograph, Carved in Stone, Etched in Memory: Death, Tombstones and Commemoration in Bosnian Islam (Ashgate, 2015) concerns the spaces and culture of death in Bosnia, specifically the questions of continuity and discontinuity in the eschatological sensibilities, epigraphic texts, and commemorative practices. She has also written several essays and articles on the subject of death in Islamic cultural and intellectual history. Professor Buturovic's current research examines the culture of health and medical market in Ottoman Bosnia, focusing on the interconfessional transmission of medical knowledge and manuals, amulets and talismanic practices, and herbalism.

Degrees

PhD in Islamic Studies, McGill University
MA in Islamic Studies, McGill University
BA, Major in Arabic Language; Minor in English, Sarajevo University

Professional Leadership

Amila Buturovic is a Board member of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian AmericanA cademy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS). More info at www.bhaaaas.org

Research Interests

Religion , Culture and Cultural Studies, Ottoman Balkans, Ottoman Bosnia, Islam in the Balkans, Medieval Arabo-Islamic cultures,, Islamic Cultural and Intellectual history; Islamic epigraphy; Sacred Space; Translation, Multivocality, Religious Studies

Current Research Projects

Herbs, Stars, and Amulets: Interconfessional Health and Healing in Ottoman Bosnia

    Summary:

    "Herbs, Stars and Amulets: Interconfessional Health and Healing in Ottoman Bosnia" investigates the theories and practices of healing in Ottoman Bosnia as they intersect mainstream healthcare practices, religious beliefs, and folk customs. Medical pluralism that we see nowadays existed in premodern times as well, but the hierarchies of authority were allocated in different ways, allowing knowledge to slip through various forms and practices. The study gives this issue a more detailed cultural lens as it examines what kind(s) of medical knowledge circulated in Ottoman Bosnia, and how different medical practitioners benefited from and competed with each other. Deeply steeped in the region's cultural history, this study counteracts the region's current political climate that systematically endangers social intimacy among different ethnoreligious groups through the campaigns of ethnic division and exclusivist discourse.

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Books

Publication
Year

Kameni govornik: stećci, prostor i identitet u poeziji Maka Dizdara

2019

Carved in Stone, Etched in Memory: Death, Tombstones and Commemoration in Bosnian Islam since c.1500. (Farham: Ashgate Publishing, 2015).

2015

Bosnia and Herzegovina, between Loss and Recovery. Descant: Canadian Literary Issue Guest editor. (Toronto, 2012)

2012

Osmanli Doneminde Balkan Kadinlar. Eds. A. Buturovic & I. Schick. Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2009.

2009

Women in the Ottoman Balkans. Eds. Amila Buturovic and I. C. Schick. London: I. B. Tauris, 2007.

2007

Stone Speaker: Medieval Tombstones, Landscape, and Bosnian Identity in the Poetry of Mak Dizdar. New York: Palgrave/St Martin's Press, 2002.

2002

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"Headless, They March On: Cephalophores and Coexistence in Ottoman Bosnia."

2020

"Mitopoetska kartografija Makovog Kamenog spavača." Mak Dizdar: prvih stotinu godina

2018

"Funerary Culture in Islam." The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying

2017

"Ibn Quzmân"

2010

'Islam in the Balkans.' Oxford Bibliographies Online. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

2009

'Death in Islam.' Key Themes for the Study of Islam. Ed. J. Elias. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2009.

2009

'Glasovi Predaka Govore.' Makovo Slovo/Slovo o Maku. Sarajevo: Fondacija Mak Dizdar, 2008.

2008

'Islam and Secularism.' The Islamic World (Routledge Worlds). Ed. A. Rippin. New York: Routledge, 2008.

2008

'Love and/or Death: Conflict Resolution in Traditional Bosnian Ballad.' Women in the Ottoman Balkans. Ed. A. Buturovic & I. Schick. London: IB Tauris, 2007.

2007

'European Islam.' The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions. Ed. M. Juergensmeyer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

2006

'When Secularism Opposes Nationalism: The Case of Yugoslavia.' The Future of Secularism. Ed. T.N. Srinivasan. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006.

2006

'Christianity and Islam in the Balkans from the Fifteenth to the Twentieth Centuries.' Religious Foundations of Western Civilization. Ed. J. Neusner, A. Avery-Peck, E. Homerin, and B. Chilton. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006.

2006

'The Balkans.' Encyclopaedia of Mediaeval Islamic Civilization. New York: Routledge, 2005.

2005

'Visions.' Encyclopaedia of the Qurân. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005.

2005

'Wish and Desire.' Encyclopaedia of the Qurân. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005.

2005

'Women and Sufism in the Balkans.' Encyclopaedia of Women in Islamic Cultures. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2005.

2005

"Truly This Land is Triumphant and Its Accomplishments Evident: Baybar's Cairo in Ibn Dâniyâl's Shadow Plays."

2004

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"The Shadow Play in Mamlûk Egypt: The Genre and Its Implications."

2003

"Spiritual Empowerment through Spiritual Submission: Sufi Women and Their Quest for God." CWS

1997


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA4815 6.0 A Studies in Islamic Mysticism SEMR
Fall 2020 AP/HUMA3818 3.0 A Sacred Space in Islam SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/HUMA3803 3.0 M Methods in the Study of Religion SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA4815 6.0 A Studies in Islamic Mysticism SEMR


Amila Buturovic's research interests span the intersections of religion and culture, especially in the context of Islamic societies. Her latest book concerned the spaces and culture of death in Bosnia and Herzegovina, focusing on the questions of continuity and discontinuity in eschatological sensibilities, epigraphic texts, and commemorative practices in Bosnian cultural history. Currently, she is doing research on the culture of health in Ottoman Bosnia, investigating mainstream and alternative healers and healing practices and focusing on the interconfessional transmission of medical theories and manuals, amulets and talismanic practices, and herbalism.

Amila Buturovic's research interests span the intersections of religion, culture, and identity, especially in the context of Islamic societies. Furthermore, she is interested in the theories and practices of translation and polyglossia, and has written on that subject in relation to Arabo-Islamic Spain and the Ottoman Balkans. Her publications include many articles and essays on these varied subjects. She is the author of Stone Speaker: Medieval Tombstones, Landscape, and Bosnian Identity in the Poetry of Mak Dizdar (2002), and a co-editor, with Irvin C Schick, of Women in the Ottoman Balkans: Gender, Culture and History (2007). Her monograph, Carved in Stone, Etched in Memory: Death, Tombstones and Commemoration in Bosnian Islam (Ashgate, 2015) concerns the spaces and culture of death in Bosnia, specifically the questions of continuity and discontinuity in the eschatological sensibilities, epigraphic texts, and commemorative practices. She has also written several essays and articles on the subject of death in Islamic cultural and intellectual history. Professor Buturovic's current research examines the culture of health and medical market in Ottoman Bosnia, focusing on the interconfessional transmission of medical knowledge and manuals, amulets and talismanic practices, and herbalism.

Degrees

PhD in Islamic Studies, McGill University
MA in Islamic Studies, McGill University
BA, Major in Arabic Language; Minor in English, Sarajevo University

Professional Leadership

Amila Buturovic is a Board member of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian AmericanA cademy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS). More info at www.bhaaaas.org

Research Interests

Religion , Culture and Cultural Studies, Ottoman Balkans, Ottoman Bosnia, Islam in the Balkans, Medieval Arabo-Islamic cultures,, Islamic Cultural and Intellectual history; Islamic epigraphy; Sacred Space; Translation, Multivocality, Religious Studies

Current Research Projects

Herbs, Stars, and Amulets: Interconfessional Health and Healing in Ottoman Bosnia

    Summary:

    "Herbs, Stars and Amulets: Interconfessional Health and Healing in Ottoman Bosnia" investigates the theories and practices of healing in Ottoman Bosnia as they intersect mainstream healthcare practices, religious beliefs, and folk customs. Medical pluralism that we see nowadays existed in premodern times as well, but the hierarchies of authority were allocated in different ways, allowing knowledge to slip through various forms and practices. The study gives this issue a more detailed cultural lens as it examines what kind(s) of medical knowledge circulated in Ottoman Bosnia, and how different medical practitioners benefited from and competed with each other. Deeply steeped in the region's cultural history, this study counteracts the region's current political climate that systematically endangers social intimacy among different ethnoreligious groups through the campaigns of ethnic division and exclusivist discourse.

    Project Type: Funded

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"Headless, They March On: Cephalophores and Coexistence in Ottoman Bosnia."

2020

"Mitopoetska kartografija Makovog Kamenog spavača." Mak Dizdar: prvih stotinu godina

2018

"Funerary Culture in Islam." The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying

2017

"Ibn Quzmân"

2010

'Islam in the Balkans.' Oxford Bibliographies Online. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

2009

'Death in Islam.' Key Themes for the Study of Islam. Ed. J. Elias. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2009.

2009

'Glasovi Predaka Govore.' Makovo Slovo/Slovo o Maku. Sarajevo: Fondacija Mak Dizdar, 2008.

2008

'Islam and Secularism.' The Islamic World (Routledge Worlds). Ed. A. Rippin. New York: Routledge, 2008.

2008

'Love and/or Death: Conflict Resolution in Traditional Bosnian Ballad.' Women in the Ottoman Balkans. Ed. A. Buturovic & I. Schick. London: IB Tauris, 2007.

2007

'European Islam.' The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions. Ed. M. Juergensmeyer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

2006

'When Secularism Opposes Nationalism: The Case of Yugoslavia.' The Future of Secularism. Ed. T.N. Srinivasan. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006.

2006

'Christianity and Islam in the Balkans from the Fifteenth to the Twentieth Centuries.' Religious Foundations of Western Civilization. Ed. J. Neusner, A. Avery-Peck, E. Homerin, and B. Chilton. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006.

2006

'The Balkans.' Encyclopaedia of Mediaeval Islamic Civilization. New York: Routledge, 2005.

2005

'Visions.' Encyclopaedia of the Qurân. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005.

2005

'Wish and Desire.' Encyclopaedia of the Qurân. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005.

2005

'Women and Sufism in the Balkans.' Encyclopaedia of Women in Islamic Cultures. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2005.

2005

"Truly This Land is Triumphant and Its Accomplishments Evident: Baybar's Cairo in Ibn Dâniyâl's Shadow Plays."

2004

Books

Publication
Year

Kameni govornik: stećci, prostor i identitet u poeziji Maka Dizdara

2019

Carved in Stone, Etched in Memory: Death, Tombstones and Commemoration in Bosnian Islam since c.1500. (Farham: Ashgate Publishing, 2015).

2015

Bosnia and Herzegovina, between Loss and Recovery. Descant: Canadian Literary Issue Guest editor. (Toronto, 2012)

2012

Osmanli Doneminde Balkan Kadinlar. Eds. A. Buturovic & I. Schick. Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2009.

2009

Women in the Ottoman Balkans. Eds. Amila Buturovic and I. C. Schick. London: I. B. Tauris, 2007.

2007

Stone Speaker: Medieval Tombstones, Landscape, and Bosnian Identity in the Poetry of Mak Dizdar. New York: Palgrave/St Martin's Press, 2002.

2002

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"The Shadow Play in Mamlûk Egypt: The Genre and Its Implications."

2003

"Spiritual Empowerment through Spiritual Submission: Sufi Women and Their Quest for God." CWS

1997


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA4815 6.0 A Studies in Islamic Mysticism SEMR
Fall 2020 AP/HUMA3818 3.0 A Sacred Space in Islam SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/HUMA3803 3.0 M Methods in the Study of Religion SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA4815 6.0 A Studies in Islamic Mysticism SEMR