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Global Partners Semester in Turkey Program Fall Term 2006: learning in a land of contrasts. Ortakoy mosque, Istanbul. old. 17th-c. Sultan Ahmet mosque, Istanbul. new. European Istanbul from the Asian shore. underground. Underground 6th-c AD (Byzantine) cisterns, Istanbul. ethereal.
Semester in Turkey ProgramFall Term 2006:
learning in a land of contrasts
Ortakoy mosque, Istanbul
17th-c. Sultan Ahmet mosque, Istanbul
European Istanbul from the Asian shore
Underground 6th-c AD (Byzantine) cisterns, Istanbul
Aya Sofia, Istanbul
On top of the 4th-c. AD city walls, Istanbul
15th-c. BC Egyptian Obelisk of Thutmosis III
in the Hippodrome, Istanbul
14th-c. AD Church of St. Savior in Chora, Istanbul
Rumeli Hisar, Ottoman fortress on the Bosphorus, Istanbul
The Golden Horn, Istanbul
a Besiktas soccer game, Inönü Stadium, Istanbul
The Program begins in Istanbul, a city over 2,500 years old that joins Europe and Asia:
Daniel Shaw, PhD, is visiting professor of religion at The Colorado College. Professor Shaw teaches courses in Islamic Studies and in Christianity. He specializes in issues of cultural interchange between Islamic and Christian societies. He is particularly interested in the intellectual transmission of Hellenistic philosophy that occurred as Islam encountered the Byzantine Christian world.
Dr. Shaw has lived in and traveled throughout Jordan and Egypt, and in the spring of 2006 will be living in Damascus and exploring the cultures of Syria and the Lebanon.
The city is an
The gate where Mehmet II entered in 1453
19th-c Sultan’s palace of Dolmabahce
view of the Bosphorus from ITU dorm-room
ITU: Gumussuyu Campus
Atatürk, founder of the modern Turkish Republic, remembered during ‘Victory Day’ on Taksim Square
Taksim Square and Istiklal Street, Istanbul
Visits may include: the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli, the citadel of Troy, the Greek towns of Assos and Priene, the Hellenistic city of Pergamon, an oracle of Apollo at Claros, the Roman metropolis of Ephesos, the burial-place of St. John and the ‘House of Mary’, the Lydian capital of Sardis, the burial-mounds of Bin-Tepe, the Phrygian settlement of Midas City, as well as Alevi shrines, 19th-c. Greek towns, and dramatic landscapes.
• Midas City
Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915: a million men fought here; half of them became casualties of the Great War
Troy, ca. 1200 BC: another war, another time, that begat the tradition of Western epic poetry
The village of Sirince, with its traditional Greek houses and incongruous satellite dishes
Ancient metropolis: a busy Roman street in Ephesos, with the local library at one end
Religious diversity:The monument at Akçay to Sarıkız, ‘the blonde girl’, a local legend whose empty tomb is venerated by followers of the Alevi sect of Islam
The ‘House of Mary’ at Ephesos: a fascinating blend of Christian and Turkish cult traditions
The late-Roman house
‘wishing wall’: tying bits of cloth to a tree as a wish or a prayer may go back to the shamanistic traditions of Turks in their homeland of Central Asia
The burial mounds of Lydian kings and nobles at Bin-Tepe. The largest is 350 m. in diameter and 70 m. high.
The acropolis tunnel and a Phrygian inscription on the shrine of mother-goddess Cybele at Midas City
A corridor in one of the dozens of underground cities in Cappadocia; here a mill-stone is ready to block off the passage. Some cities are more than 8 stories deep and could accommodate up to 10,000 people
the citadel, Ankara