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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
February 20, 2016
Şakir Dinçşahin discusses his book "State and Intellectuals in Turkey: The Life and Times of Niyazi Berkes, 1908-1988" (Rowman).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
October 9, 2015
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.
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.
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).