The discovery of the tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent in Szigetvár (Hungary) and the geopolitical consequences

Authors: Norbert Pap*, University of Pécs
Topics: Religion, Political Geography, Historical Geography
Keywords: religion, geopolitics, Muslim, Christian, pilgrimage, Hungarian, Ottoman
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Galerie 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Suleiman the Magnificent passed away 450 years ago (1566) in Szigetvár (Hungary) during the siege of the castle. Ottoman mausoleum (türbe) was built on the place of death as a symbol of the extension of darülislam. The burial complex became a pilgrimage place for the Muslim Ottomans. The town was called Turbek and demolished by the Christian troops at the end of the Ottoman rule of the area in 1692. A research team has identified the archaeological remains of the settlement since 2013. The discovery caused political tensions in Hungary because of the Hungarian national identity was born in the 16-17th century during the wars fought against the Ottomans. Political debates and the remembrance of the Ottoman conqueror have been joined to each other in recent years. The paper will emphasize the geopolitical significance of Szigetvár from different national point of views.

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