Introduction, By Ümit 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.
THE REVIEWS BRIEFS THIS ISSUE REMIND READERS OF THE FACT THAT THE PRESENT IS ONLY A PRODUCT OF THE PAST