Turkey Book Talk
Elizabeth Rodini on the lives of Bellini’s portrait of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II

Elizabeth Rodini on the lives of Bellini’s portrait of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II

November 24, 2020

Elizabeth Rodini on "Gentile Bellini's Portrait of Sultan Mehmed II: Lives and Afterlives of an Iconic Image" (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book explores how the Venetian painter came to the Ottoman court in 1479, as well as his portrait's many intriguing afterlives.

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Jan-Markus Vomel on the past and future of political Islam in Turkey

Jan-Markus Vomel on the past and future of political Islam in Turkey

November 10, 2020

Jan-Markus Vömel, doctoral candidate at the University of Konstanz, on the origins and development of political Islam in Turkey from the 1950s to 2000, as well as its role today.

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Louis Fishman on Jews and Palestinians in the late Ottoman era

Louis Fishman on Jews and Palestinians in the late Ottoman era

October 27, 2020

Louis Fishman, associate professor at Brooklyn College at the City University of New York, on “Jews and Palestinians in the Late Ottoman Era, 1908-1914: Claiming the Homeland” (Edinburgh University Press).

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Umut Azak on Hagia Sophia and the future of Turkey’s religious nationalist status quo

Umut Azak on Hagia Sophia and the future of Turkey’s religious nationalist status quo

October 13, 2020

Umut Azak of Istanbul's Okan University on Hagia Sophia's conversion from museum to mosque, the history of calls on Turkey's religious right to take the step, and the future of the country's religious nationalist status quo under President Erdoğan.

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Ahmet Kuru on Islam, authoritarianism and underdevelopment

Ahmet Kuru on Islam, authoritarianism and underdevelopment

September 29, 2020

Ahmet Kuru on "Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison" (Cambridge University Press). 

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Zeynep Çelik on archaeology and heritage in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey

Zeynep Çelik on archaeology and heritage in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey

September 15, 2020

Zeynep Çelik, professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, on the origins of archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, the response to the European pursuit of antiquities, and questions of heritage in contemporary Turkey.

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Alan Mikhail on Selim I, the Ottoman Empire and the making of the modern world

Alan Mikhail on Selim I, the Ottoman Empire and the making of the modern world

September 1, 2020

Alan Mikhail, professor of history at Yale University, on "God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire and the Making of the Modern World" (WW Norton). The book is a continent-spanning account of the life and times of Selim I, who ruled from 1512 to 1520 and whose reign saw seismic changes in Ottoman and world history.

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Sinem Adar on the militarisation of Turkey’s foreign policy

Sinem Adar on the militarisation of Turkey’s foreign policy

August 18, 2020

Sinem Adar, associate in the Centre for Applied Turkey Studies at the SWP think tank in Berlin, on the hardening of Turkey's foreign policy in the Middle East, the East Mediterranean and Europe, as well as the Turkish government's soft power investments.

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Richard Antaramian on Ottoman modernisation and the Armenian community

Richard Antaramian on Ottoman modernisation and the Armenian community

August 4, 2020

Richard Antaramian, assistant professor of history at the University of Southern California, on “Brokers of Faith, Brokers of Empire: Armenians and the Politics of Reform in the Ottoman Empire” (Stanford University Press), examining the Armenian community's experiences with the "Tanzimat" reforms of the mid-19th century.

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Berk Esen on the political economy behind Turkey’s democratic distress

Berk Esen on the political economy behind Turkey’s democratic distress

July 21, 2020

Berk Esen, assistant professor of international relations at Bilkent University, on his paper “Why did Turkish democracy collapse? A political economy account of the AKP's authoritarianism”, co-authored with Şebnem Gümüşçü for the Party Politics journal.

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Magdalena Zaborowska on James Baldwin’s Turkish decade

Magdalena Zaborowska on James Baldwin’s Turkish decade

July 7, 2020

Magdalena Zaborowska, professor of literature at the University of Michigan, on "James Baldwin's Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile" (Duke University Press). The book looks at the great African American author's extensive periods living and working in Istanbul from 1961 to 1971.

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Serhun Al on the historical origins of Turkey’s Kurdish question

Serhun Al on the historical origins of Turkey’s Kurdish question

June 23, 2020

Serhun Al, co-editor of “Comparative Kurdish Politics in the Middle East” (Palgrave Macmillan) and author of “Patterns of Nationhood and Saving the State in Turkey” (Routledge), on the historical origins of Turkey's Kurdish issue and the latest crackdown on the Kurdish movement.

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Oya Dursun-Özkanca on Turkey’s foreign policy after Covid-19

Oya Dursun-Özkanca on Turkey’s foreign policy after Covid-19

June 9, 2020

Oya Dursun-Özkanca, professor of political science at Elizabethtown College, on her book “Turkey-West Relations: The Politics of Intra-Alliance Opposition” (Cambridge University Press) and Ankara's grand ambitions for the post-coronavirus world.

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Ünver Rüstem on the Baroque in Istanbul and Ottoman rise and decline

Ünver Rüstem on the Baroque in Istanbul and Ottoman rise and decline

May 26, 2020

Ünver Rüstem on "Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul" (Princeton University Press). The book examines the adoption of Baroque and rococo styles in Istanbul mosques between 1740 and 1800, looking at how this fits into popular ideas of Ottoman decline and Western influence.

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Michael Wuthrich on main opposition mayors and populism in Turkey

Michael Wuthrich on main opposition mayors and populism in Turkey

May 12, 2020

Michael Wuthrich of the University of Kansas on "The Pushback Against Populism: Running on 'Radical Love' in Turkey", co-authored with Melvyn Ingleby for the Journal of Democracy. The paper examines the main opposition's local election campaign in 2019, when it applied sophisticated tactics to counter the ruling party's populism.

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Şeyda Çetin and Ebru Esra Satıcı on Ukrainian artist Alexis Gritchenko’s Istanbul years, 1919-21

Şeyda Çetin and Ebru Esra Satıcı on Ukrainian artist Alexis Gritchenko’s Istanbul years, 1919-21

April 28, 2020

Şeyda Çetin and Ebru Esra Satıcı discuss the Meşher gallery's exhibition on Ukrainian painter Alexis Gritchenko's Istanbul years from 1919 to 1921. Gritchenko produced over 600 works in the occupied city, to which thousands of White Russians fled after the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

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Ayfer Karakaya-Stump on Alevis in today’s Turkey and in 15th century Anatolia

Ayfer Karakaya-Stump on Alevis in today’s Turkey and in 15th century Anatolia

April 14, 2020

Ayfer Karakaya-Stump, associate professor of history at The College of William and Mary, on “The Kizilbash Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics and Community” (Edinburgh University Press). The book traces the origins of today's Alevis as a unified religious group back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

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Ryan Gingeras on the paradoxes of Turkey in the age of Atatürk

Ryan Gingeras on the paradoxes of Turkey in the age of Atatürk

March 31, 2020

Ryan Gingeras on “Eternal Dawn: Turkey in the Age of Atatürk” (Oxford University Press) on the late Ottoman and early republican period, examining the paradoxes behind the rise and consecration of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from the First World War, through the Turkish war of independence, and to his death in 1938.

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Omar Kadkoy on Syrian refugees, the EU deal and migrants in Turkey

Omar Kadkoy on Syrian refugees, the EU deal and migrants in Turkey

March 17, 2020

Omar Kadkoy, policy analyst at the TEPAV think tank, on the over 3.5 million Syrian migrants and refugees in Turkey, the Ankara-EU migrant deal, shifting public opinion, and the legal future of Syrians in the country.

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Onur İşçi on Turkey-Russia ties during the Second World War and today

Onur İşçi on Turkey-Russia ties during the Second World War and today

March 3, 2020

Onur İşçi on “Turkey and the Soviet Union during World War II” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book counter-intuitively argues that the breakdown in Turkey-Soviet relations in the Second World War and at the start of the Cold War was an anomaly in a 20th century in which Turkey and Russia in fact cooperated widely.

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