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Caner Yelbaşı on the Circassians in Turkey and the Ottoman Empire

Caner Yelbaşı on the Circassians in Turkey and the Ottoman Empire

December 3, 2019

Caner Yelbaşı on “The Circassians in Turkey: War, Violence and Nationalism from the Ottomans to Atatürk” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book describes the course of Circassians in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey after they were driven from their north Caucasus homeland by the Russian Empire in the 19th century.

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Jonathan Rugman on Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Jonathan Rugman on Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

November 19, 2019

Jonathan Rugman, foreign correspondent at Channel 4 News, on “The Killing in the Consulate: Investigating the Life and Death of Jamal Khashoggi” (Simon & Schuster). The book examines the gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul Consulate, as well as Khashoggi's complex professional and personal life.

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Zeynep Şentek on industry and politics in environmental ‘disaster zone’ Dilovası

Zeynep Şentek on industry and politics in environmental ‘disaster zone’ Dilovası

November 5, 2019

Zeynep Şentek on the environment, public health and politics in Dilovası, a heavily polluted industrial district near Istanbul. Şentek is among the reporters of a recent Black Sea.EU article on a "public health disaster zone" where dangerous chemicals are belched into the air, cancer rates are reportedly above average, and locals suffer from severe respiratory conditions.

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Soner Çağaptay on Syria and Erdoğan’s Middle East quandary

Soner Çağaptay on Syria and Erdoğan’s Middle East quandary

October 22, 2019

Soner Çağaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on how Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria fits into President Erdoğan's broader policies in the Middle East. Çağaptay is author most recently of “Erdogan's Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). 

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Holly Shissler on late Ottoman man of letters Ahmet Mithat Efendi

Holly Shissler on late Ottoman man of letters Ahmet Mithat Efendi

October 8, 2019

Holly Shissler, associate professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish History at the University of Chicago, on the life and work of Ahmet Mithat Efendi (1844-1912). The publisher of major newspaper Tercuman-i Hakikat, Ahmet Mithat also wrote many fictional works including Felatun Bey and Rakim Efendi, which appeared in English in 2016.

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Deniz Çifçi on the fissures within Kurdish politics in Turkey

Deniz Çifçi on the fissures within Kurdish politics in Turkey

September 24, 2019

Deniz Çifçi on “The Kurds and the Politics of Turkey: Agency, Territory and Religion” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). Based on extensive on-the-ground research, the book describes the diversity of interest and opinion among Kurds in Turkey. While the Kurds are often seen as a homogeneous group with unified demands, Çifçi paints a more nuanced picture.

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Nur Deriş on the epic life and times of Turkish journalist Sabiha Sertel

Nur Deriş on the epic life and times of Turkish journalist Sabiha Sertel

September 10, 2019

Nur Deriş on the life of Sabiha Sertel (1895-1968). Deriş is co-editor of “The Struggle for Modern Turkey: Justice, Activism and a Revolutionary Female Journalist” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury), the first appearance in English of Sertel's autobiography. The book is a fascinating window into an era covering the war of independence and the single-party period until 1950.

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Emre Erşen on Turkey’s pivot to Eurasia

Emre Erşen on Turkey’s pivot to Eurasia

August 27, 2019

Emre Erşen, associate professor of international relations at Marmara University and co-editor of “Turkey's Pivot to Eurasia: Geopolitics and Foreign Policy in a Changing World Order” (Routledge), discusses the past, present and future of Ankara's relations with Russia and China.

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Hannah Lucinda Smith on the past, present and future of Erdogan’s Turkey

Hannah Lucinda Smith on the past, present and future of Erdogan’s Turkey

August 13, 2019

Hannah Lucinda Smith on her new book “Erdoğan Rising: The Battle for the Soul of Turkey” (William Collins). Smith has been Turkey correspondent for The Times of London since 2013 and her book is a part-biography of President Erdoğan, part-journalistic account of contemporary Turkish history.

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Mehmet Fatih Uslu on the pleasures and perils of translating Armenian to Turkish

Mehmet Fatih Uslu on the pleasures and perils of translating Armenian to Turkish

July 30, 2019

Mehmet Fatih Uslu of Istanbul Şehir University on the pleasures and challenges of translating from Armenian into Turkish. Uslu has translated a number of significant texts, including by the great early 20th century Istanbul Armenian feminist Zabel Yesayan and the 19th century playwright Hagop Baronyan.

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Yağmur Karakaya on Ottoman nostalgia and populism in Turkey

Yağmur Karakaya on Ottoman nostalgia and populism in Turkey

July 16, 2019

Yağmur Karakaya on the rise of Ottoman nostalgia in contemporary Turkish politics and popular culture. Karakaya is the author of "The Conquest of Hearts: The central role of Ottoman nostalgia within contemporary Turkish populism", published in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

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Haris Rigas on the Istanbul of 19th century Greek scholar Skarlatos Byzantios

Haris Rigas on the Istanbul of 19th century Greek scholar Skarlatos Byzantios

July 2, 2019

Haris Theodorelis-Rigas on Skarlatos Byzantios' "Constantinople" (Istos), a monumental social and historical description of Istanbul written in the mid-19th century. Haris is the translator of the first volume and one of the founders of Istos, a publishing house focusing on the Greek Orthodox heritage of Istanbul and Anatolia.

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Elif Mahir Metinsoy on Ottoman women during World War I

Elif Mahir Metinsoy on Ottoman women during World War I

June 18, 2019

Elif Mahir Metinsoy on her book “Ottoman Women During World War I: Everyday Experiences, Politics and Conflict” (Cambridge University Press). The book describes the lives of Muslim women in the Ottoman Empire during the Great War, moving beyond a focus on the educated urban population, focusing instead on ordinary masses across Anatolia.

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Selim Deringil on the Ottoman twilight in the Arab lands

Selim Deringil on the Ottoman twilight in the Arab lands

June 4, 2019

Selim Deringil, professor of history at the Lebanese American University, on “The Ottoman Twilight in the Arab Lands: Turkish Memoirs and Testimonies of the Great War” (Academic Studies Press). The book includes translations and annotations of memoirs by five Ottomans stationed in Syria and the Arab Peninsula during World War One.

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Toygar Sinan Baykan on populism and organisation in the AKP

Toygar Sinan Baykan on populism and organisation in the AKP

May 21, 2019

Toygar Sinan Baykan of Kırklareli University on "The Justice and Development Party: Populism, Personalism, Organization" (Cambridge University Press). The book is based on interviews with over 50 members at various levels of Turkey's ruling AKP, giving an intimate glimpse of its internal dynamics and how it benefits from various socio-cultural divides.

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Reuben Silverman on explorations in Turkey’s ‘ever-present past’

Reuben Silverman on explorations in Turkey’s ‘ever-present past’

May 7, 2019

Reuben Silverman, author of “Turkey’s Ever Present Past: Stories from Republican Turkish History” and “Politics in Turkey: Parties, Politicians and the Struggle for Power” (Libra Books), talks about his research on contemporary Turkish history.

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Patrick Keddie on football and the story of modern Turkey

Patrick Keddie on football and the story of modern Turkey

April 23, 2019

Patrick Keddie on “The Passion: Football and the Story of Modern Turkey” (IB Taurus/Bloomsbury), a sweeping account of the cultural, social, political and economic significance of football in contemporary Turkey.

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Şevket Pamuk on the economic history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey since 1820

Şevket Pamuk on the economic history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey since 1820

April 9, 2019

Şevket Pamuk, Professor of Economics at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University, on “Uneven Centuries: Economic Development of Turkey Since 1820” (Princeton University Press).

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Ceren Lord on religious politics in Turkey

Ceren Lord on religious politics in Turkey

March 26, 2019

Ceren Lord, Research Fellow at Oxford University’s School of Global and Area Studies, on “Religious Politics in Turkey: From the Birth of the Republic to the AKP” (Cambridge University Press). The book argues against the popular binary understanding of modern Turkish history, which pits a monolithic secular state against an authentic religious society.

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Doğuş Şimşek and Yusuf Sayman on African migrants in Istanbul

Doğuş Şimşek and Yusuf Sayman on African migrants in Istanbul

March 12, 2019

Doğus Şimşek of Koç University and photographer Yusuf Sayman on “Çabuk Çabuk: Africans in Istanbul” (Pencere Yayınları). The book features text by Şimşek and over 100 photos by Sayman, giving a glimpse into the lives of migrants from a range of African countries struggling to get by in Istanbul.

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