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Sacred Trusts Exhibition at Hartford Seminary

On Wednesday, October 10th 2012 Turkish Cultural Center, Hartford Branch organized an exhibition called “Sacred Trusts” at Hartford Seminary.  The event began with a short video about Turkey and Turkish Cultural Center CT activities. Next, Mr Ulusal from Hartford Seminary made a presentation on sacred trusts. The Islamic Sacred Relics (Turkish: Kutsal emanetler), also known as the Holy Relics, consist of religious pieces sent to the Ottoman Sultans between the 16th century to the late 19th century.

With the conquest of the Arabic world by Sultan Selim I (1517), the Caliphate passed from the vanquished Abbasids to the Ottoman sultans. The Islamic prophet Muhammad’s mantle, which was kept by the last Abbasid Caliph Mutawakkil III, was given to Selim I. The various relics of Muhammad, his followers, and other items purportedly associated with Muhammad were brought to Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, where they remain to this day. (Source Wikipedia)

After the presentation, the guests had the chance to see the exhibition and enjoy the delicious appetizers and Turkish coffee.