What

Visual Hasluck: mapping Christianity and Islam is a digital humanities project undertaken as part of the ‘Shared sacred sites’ research initiative.  ‘Shared sacred sites’ is funded by the Luce Foundation. Using text analysis, mapping and interactive visualization tools, ‘Visual Hasluck’ aims to provide a new visual and geo-spatial ‘reading’ of ‘Christianity and Islam under the Sultans’ (1929), a milestone work by Enligh archaeologist Frederick W. Hasluck.

WHO

Visual Hasluck has been developed by a small team of researchers in collaboration with the ‘Shared Sacred Sites’ research network. To learn more see ‘Acknowledgments‘.

WHY

  • “Christianity and Islam under the Sultans” is an invaluable, yet under-explored resource on religious interaction and cultural history in the Balkans, Anatolia and the Middle East.
  • “Christianity and Islam under the Sultans” is a diverse and unique account that captures the transition from empire to nation-state while focusing on modes of encounter, exchange and continuity among faith communities.
  • “Christianity and Islam under the Sultans” is largely a field-based account referring to hundreds of sacred sites across the Mediterranean. Therefore, it provides a great opportunity to map and document these sites (some of which have vanished or are under threat), as well as trace their historical trajectories and ‘afterlives’.

HOW

Visual Hasluck combines digital mapping with text analysis and data visualization tools to identify location and trace patterns and relations in “Christianity and Islam”. For a description of methods and tools used see the Tools and Methods page.

WHAT’s NEXT?

At this stage, we have analyzed and mapped two major sections of “Christianity and Islam under the Sultans”: “Tranferences” from Volume I and “The Geographical Distribution of the Bektashi” from Volume II.

Depending on future funding we aim to:

  • expand analysis to the entirety of the text
  • re-publish the text as a digital, enhanced and fully interactive publication
  • document the current state of of historic and religious sites mentioned in the text through ethnographic fieldwork

Please contact us if you have questions, feedback or you would like to contribute.