An eye on the Ottomans, By Ümit Kurt
While this issue takes Syria as its focus, the reviews and briefs section looks at two very different volumes on the Ottomans, as well as four international conferences spanning a wide variety of topics.
The first review comes from Pamukkale University’s Asst. Prof. Güney Çeğin, who provides an able overview of “Ottoman/ Turkish Visions of the Nation, 1860-1950” by Asst. Prof Doğan Gürpınar (İstanbul Technical University), which follows the genesis of Turkishness from 19th century reforms to the end of the one-party era.
Next comes Richmond University’s Assoc. Prof. Yücel Yanıkdağ’s volume “Healing the Nation: Prisoners of War, Medicine and Nationalism in Turkey, 1914-1939,” appraised here by Assoc. Prof. Nergis Canefe of York University, Toronto. Canefe’s comprehensive review summarizes the book’s analysis of the impact of the Ottoman experience in World War I and the efforts in the field of psychiatric medicine and beyond to conceal the wounds it left on the psyche of a generation.
Moving to conferences, İstanbul Şehir University’s Asst. Prof. Didem Z. Havlioğlu attended her university’s “Conference on The History of Women’s Writing in Turkey,” while UCL’s Aykut Öztürk was in İstanbul for the “International Conference on Islamophobia” hosted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Directorate General of Press, Media and Information (BYEGM) of Turkey. Both reviewers provide thought-provoking explorations of the topics covered at these events.
Founder and director of the Texas Civil Rights Project James C. Harrington offers a thoughtful account of the “The Hizmet movement and peacebuilding: global cases” in Washington, D.C., organized by the Rumi Forum in cooperation with the Center for Peacebuilding and Development at American University, Mount St. Mary’s University, and the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.
This section comes to a close with the KU Leuven Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies (GCIS) conference “Everyday Life Practices of Muslims in Europe: Consumption and Aesthetics,” held at the University of Leuven. KU Leuven’s Merve Reyhan Kayıkçı gives a detailed record of the diverse offerings at this well-attended event.