An eye on the Ot­tomans, By Ümit Kurt

Turkish Review - - CONTENTS - ÜMİT KURT Lit­er­ary Ed­i­tor Con­tact the lit­er­ary ed­i­tor u.kurt@turk­ishre­

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.

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