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German Orientalism in Times of Turmoil: The Kahle-Strothmann Correspondence (1933 through 1938, 1945 through 1950)

BY SABINE SCHMIDTKE (Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton)

This study offers an annotated edition of the correspondence between Paul Ernst Kahle (1875–1964) and Rudolf Strothmann (1877–1960), two of the leading representatives of Oriental studies in Germany during the first half of the twentieth century. Kahle’s and Strothmann’s early epistolary exchange (1933–1938) falls into the period of Nazi rule in Germany, shedding some light on the ways in which each of them negotiated the political intricacies, temptations and dangers of the period. The situation completely changed for the two scholars during the second period of their correspondence, 1945 through 1950. Although Kahle thrived in his scholarly work during his time in England where he emigrated in 1938, he had lost his position of power within German academia. His letters show that he did not realize that his voice was no longer wanted or needed and that he was out of touch with the reality of post-war Germany. Strothmann in turn had gone through difficult years. Moreover, in 1946 and 1947 he fell seriously ill and was repeatedly hospitalized for several months, in addition to other common hardships during the immediate post-war period. Strothmann’s letters illustrate those dire circumstances while at the same time reflecting his determination to pursue his scholarship at all costs, and with success.

Festschrift to honour Professor István Ormos on his 70th birthday

Volume 41 of The Arabist appeared on the 15th of June to honour Professor István Ormos, former head of the Department of Arabic Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, on his 70th birthday.

In addition to 15 studies, the volume, edited by K. Dévényi and P. T. Nagy, contains an academic profile of Professor Ormos together with a list of his publications to date.

Szultánok és tyúktojások: Egy szinkretikus iszlám szertartás Celebeszen

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Szombathy Zoltán előadása a Kőrösi Csoma Társaságban

Időpont: 2018. május 15. 17:30

Helyszín: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/B, félemelet 172

Az előadás egy 2017 novemberében és decemberében Indonézia egy eldugott vidékén, Közép-Celebesz tartományban folytatott néprajzi terepmunka eredményeit mutatja be. A tartomány egyik muszlim közössége évről évre egy helyben őshonos madárfaj tojásaival adózik egy több száz éve alapított helyi állam, a Banggai Szultánság uralkodócsaládjának. Az előadás fölvázolja a szertartássorozat menetét, történelmi és kulturális hátterét, majd bemutatja, hogyan alakult egy az ősök kultuszára épülő animista rítus a muszlim népi vallásosság részévé.