- 2013 GHCS: Muslim-Christian Coexistence
09.04.2013 19.00 h
The Wheeler Centre -
by Associate Professor Nicholas Doumanis
, of History at the University of New South Wales.
Venue: Wheeler Centre (176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne)
Date: Tuesday 9 April 7:00pm
After the destruction of Smyrna in 1922, the last Greek Orthodox Christians in Anatolia were deported to Greece. For decades afterwards, the refugees retained a love for their homeland. Many also retained a love for lost communities which they shared with the local Muslims. The lecture will consider the shared lives of Muslims and Christians in Anatolia. It will consider how they shared village and neighbourhood spaces, and why they appeared to value coexistence. It will also explain how these worlds of coexistence were destroyed, arguing that the destruction was induced from extraneous factors.
Nicholas Doumanis is an Associate Professor of history at the University of New South Wales. He has written two previous books on Greece: Myth and Memory in the Mediterranean (Macmillan, 1997), for which he won the Fraenkal Prize, and A History of Greece (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He has just published a book on the Ottoman Greeks called Before the Nation (Oxford, 2013). He is currently working on the Mediterranean world and on the Greek migrants in Australia.
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