Kirkoglu, Hakan – Politics, Intrigues & Astrology in History

Astrology and politics have been bedfellows throughout history. Astrologers, unavoidably had to tangle with rulers and machiavellian intriguers amid ever-changing milieu of politics. My recent M.A. study on astrology and court culture in the 18th century Ottoman Empire illustrate many instances of how astrologers were situated themselves in politics at their own risk. This lecture sheds light various cases where astrology, politics, religion and wars were mingled.