Cem Emrence on ‘remapping the Ottoman Middle East’

July 15, 2016

Cem Emrence on his book “Remapping the Ottoman Middle East: Modernity, Imperial Bureaucracy and Islam” (IB Tauris). The book looks at Ottoman modernization through the 19th and early 20th centuries using an original “three-trajectory” model: The coast, the interior, and the frontier.

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Maureen Freely on Sabahattin Ali and translating ‘Madonna in a Fur Coat’

July 1, 2016

Maureen Freely joins to discuss the tragic life of author Sabahattin Ali and her translation of his classic 1943 novel “Madonna in a Fur Coat,” just published in a first ever English edition by Penguin.

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Umut Uzer on the history of Turkish nationalism

June 17, 2016

Umut Uzer of Istanbul Technical University joins to discuss his new book "An Intellectual History of Turkish Nationalism: Between Turkish Ethnicity and Islamic Identity” (Utah University Press). The book explores just how potent nationalism remains in Turkey, where for a century it has run through political traditions across the spectrum.

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Shadi Hamid on ‘Islamic exceptionalism,’ Turkey and the Middle East

June 4, 2016

Brookings Institution senior fellow Shadi Hamid joins the pod to discuss his new book 'Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World' (St Martins), which argues that current troubles in the Middle East are tied to unresolved questions of how Islam relates to the state.

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Ryan Gingeras on the fall of the Ottoman sultanate

May 13, 2016

Ryan Gingeras returns to the podcast to discuss his new book "The Fall of the Sultanate: The Great War and the End of the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1922" (Oxford University Press).

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Cihan Tuğal on the fall of the ‘Turkish model’

April 15, 2016

Cihan Tuğal, a sociologist at UC Berkeley, chats about "The Fall of the Turkish Model: How the Arab Uprisings Brought Down Islamic Liberalism" (Verso), charting how Turkey went from a model "Muslim democracy" for the Middle East to an increasingly authoritarian state.

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Judy Saryan on Zabel Yessayan and the 1909 massacres of Armenians in Adana

March 26, 2016

Editor Judith Saryan on a new edition of Zabel Yessayan's account of a trip to Adana in the aftermath of pogroms targeting Armenians there in 1909. "In the Ruins: The 1909 Massacres of Armenians in Adana, Turkey" (AIWA) is the first full English edition of the book to be published. 

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Mustafa Gürbüz on ‘rival Kurdish movements’

March 12, 2016

Mustafa Gürbüz chats about his book “Rival Kurdish Movements in Turkey: Transforming Ethnic Conflict” (Amsterdam University Press), on how internal dynamics are key to understanding Turkey's Kurdish question.


Şakir Dinçşahin on the life and times of Niyazi Berkes, 1908-1988

February 20, 2016

Şakir Dinçşahin discusses his book "State and Intellectuals in Turkey: The Life and Times of Niyazi Berkes, 1908-1988" (Rowman).


Frederike Geerdink on Turkey’s Kurdish question

February 5, 2016

Frederike Geerdink on "The Boys are Dead: The Roboski Massacre and the Kurdish Question in Turkey" (Gomidas), discussing her time as a journalist in the Kurdish-majority city Diyarbakır and the troubled history/present of the issue.


Ryan Gingeras on ‘Atatürk: Heir to an Empire’

January 22, 2016

Ryan Gingeras discusses his new biography of the Turkish Republic's founding father, "Mustafa Kemal Atatürk: Heir to an Empire" (Oxford University Press).


Kaya Genç talks Istanbul writing through the centuries

January 8, 2016

Novelist Kaya Genç talks about "An Istanbul Anthology" (AUC Press) a new selection of classic writing on Istanbul that he has edited.


Nilgün Önder on the economic transformation of Turkey since 1980

December 11, 2015

This week's podcast is with Nilgün Önder, author of "The Economic Transformation of Turkey: Neoliberalism and State Intervention." The book details some of the paradoxes of the economic reforms passed after the military coup of 1980, the effects of which continue to resonate in Turkey today.


Markus Dressler on the ‘making of Turkish Alevi Islam

November 28, 2015

Markus Dressler on his book "Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam," which examines how the idea of Alevism is an almost entirely modern concept, formed since the 19th century as part of efforts to integrate disparate Anatolian religious groups into the Turkish and Muslim nation.


Cengiz Şişman on the Dönmes of Turkey

November 13, 2015

Cengiz Şişman discusses his new book on the little-known history of the Dönmes, a crypto-religious sect that first developed around professed messiah Sabbatai Sevi in cities around the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century.


Michael M. Gunter on the Kurds of Syria in peace and war

October 23, 2015

Michael Gunter on his book "Out of Nowhere: The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War," which charts the Syrian Kurds’ rise to international prominence since 2011 from a “sleepy unimportant backwater in the Kurdish struggle.”


Ozan Özavcı on Ahmet Ağaoğlu on liberalism in Turkey

October 9, 2015

Ozan Özavcı discusses "Ahmet Ağaoğlu and the Genealogy of Liberalism in Turkey" (Brill), on one of the prominent intellectuals bridging the late Ottoman/early republican eras. Read a review at HDN.


Diana Darke on ‘My House in Damascus’

September 11, 2015

Diana Darke, the author of “My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution” (Haus), describes her experiences after buying a 17th century courtyard house in Damascus 10 years ago and her first-hand perspective of Syria’s descent into bloody civil war after 2011.


Toni Alaranta on the West’s misreading of Turkish politics after 2002

August 29, 2015

Toni Alaranta discusses his new book “National and State Identity in Turkey: The Transformation of the Republic’s Status in the International System” (Rowman).