In­tro­duc­tion, By Ümit Kurt

Turkish Review - - CONTENTS - ÜMİT KURT,

The first is­sue of Vol­ume 5 of Turk­ish Re­view con­tains a va­ri­ety of book re­views and con­fer­ence briefs that, per­haps fit­tingly for the start of a new year, re­mind read­ers of the fact that the present is only a prod­uct of the past. From Mus­lim post-Soviet states to late-Ot­toman so­ci­ety, and from 1914 to the tur­bu­lent 1960s, many of the top­ics cov­ered this is­sue fo­cus on the pre­vi­ous cen­tury, or even ear­lier.

Re­views and Briefs be­gins with Bryan Turner Turner’s s (City Unive Uni­ver­sity of New York) re­vis­it­ing of Ad Adeeb Khalid’s 2007 vol­ume “Isla “Is­lam af­ter Com­mu­nism: Reli­gion and Pol­i­tics in Cen­tral Asia.” Turner’s a anal­y­sis is rooted in re­cent de­velop de­vel­op­ments in Cen­tral Asia and be­yond be­yond, and un­der­lines that the Sovi Soviet past of many states con­tinue con­tin­ues to shape their des­tinies,des even now.

Next, V Vir­ginia Tech’s Rach Rachael Kennedy lo looks at M. Ke­tola’s “Europea “Euro­peaniza­tion and Ci Civil So­ci­ety So­ci­ety: Turk­ish NGOs as in­stru in­stru­ments of chang change?” As Turkey se seems in­creas­ingl in­creas­ingly adrift from it its

Eu Euro­pean am­bi­tions, this book re­minds us of the im­por­tant role played by the coun­try’s NGOs in the re­cent past, when its ap­petite for Euro­peaniza­tion was still keen.

The fi­nal book of this is­sue is Duygu Kök­sal and Anas­ta­sia Falierou’s edited vol­ume “A So­cial His­tory of Late Ot­toman Women.” The re­view comes from Long Is­land Uni­ver­sity’s Dalia F. Fahmy, who pro­vides a nu­anced ac­count of this gen­dered study of late Ot­toman his­tory.

The first con­fer­ence is Ham­burg Uni­ver­sity’s Turkey in the 1960s: So­cial Change and Po­lit­i­cal Rad­i­cal­iza­tion, cov­ered by the uni­ver­sity’s To­bias Völker. This con­fer­ence looks at the key de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try in the ’60s and their sig­nif­i­cance for the Turkey of to­day.

Hum­boldt-Univer­sität zu Ber­lin’s Is­abel Schäfer re­ports from the 2014 an­nual con­fer­ence of the Euro-Mediter­ranean Study Com­mis­sion (EuroMeSCo), which took place in Tar­rag­ona, Spain, and was or­ga­nized by the Euro­pean In­sti­tute of the Mediter­ranean (IEMed) un­der the theme of in­creas­ing di­ver­sity in the Euro-Mediter­ranean re­gion.

The Uni­ver­sity of Graz’s Flo­rian Bieberand Sun ica Dra­gaš pro­vide an ac­count of the Cen­ter for Southeast Euro­pean Stud­ies of the Uni­ver­sity of Graz (CSEES) con­fer­ence His­to­ries of 1914: De­bates and Use of the Ori­gins of World War I in South­east­ern Europe. Mark­ing the cen­te­nary of World War I, the event ex­am­ined the con­flict through a wide va­ri­ety of lenses.

Hen­ryk Szadziewski of the Uyghur Hu­man Rights Project re­ports from the Cen­tral Asia Pro­gram In­sti­tute for Euro­pean, Rus­sian and Eurasian Stud­ies at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity, which hosted the First In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Uyghur Stud­ies: His­tory, Cul­ture, and So­ci­ety. This trail­blaz­ing con­fer­ence brought to­gether an­thro­pol­o­gists, his­to­ri­ans, po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tists, econ­o­mists, lin­guists and hu­man rights ex­perts, all work­ing on the Uyghur is­sue.

The fi­nal con­fer­ence this is­sue is re­viewed by Amke Di­etert and Gün­ter Meyer (of the Uni­ver­sity of Ham­burg and Uni­ver­sity of Mainz, re­spec­tively); the Ger­man Mid­dle East Stud­ies As­so­ci­a­tion for Con­tem­po­rary Re­search and Doc­u­men­ta­tion (DAVO)’s 21st In­ter­na­tional Congress, held at the end of last year at the Uni­ver­sity of Cologne. This di­verse meet­ing saw ex­perts, aca­demics and stu­dents work­ing on the Mid­dle East meet to share and dis­cuss their work on a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics.


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