From the book­shelf


This is­sue’s Re­views and Briefs con­cen­trates on the book­shelf, with re­views of five strik­ing vol­umes. The first book is Ste­fan Ihrig’s “Atatürk in the Nazi Imag­i­na­tion” (Har­vard Univer­sity Press), which is re­viewed here by Vamık Volkan, emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor of psy­chi­a­try at the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia. This book, which has at­tracted a great deal of at­ten­tion from its first pub­li­ca­tion for its com­par­isons of Atatürk and Hitler, is an­a­lyzed in depth by Prof. Volkan.

Bahçeşe­hir Univer­sity’s Asst. Prof. Suna Çağap­tay takes a look at Birgül Açıkyıldız’Açıkyıldız’s “The Yezidis: The History of a Com­mu­nity, Cul­ture and Reli­gioReli­gion” (I.B. Tau­ris). The book (a tim­timely re-re­lease in pa­per­back edi­tion) ex­am­ines the Yezidi be­li­belief, cul­ture and way of life.

Next co­comes another im­por­tant work: BetüBetül Başaran’s “Se­lim III, So­cial ConCon­trol and Polic­ing in Is­tan­bul at the End of the Eigh­teenth Cen­tury: BBe­tween Cri­sis and Or­der” (Brill). Re­viRe­viewed here by his­to­rian Asst. Prof. Kahra­man Şakul (Şe­hir Univer­sity)Univer­sity), the book looks at the so­cial con­tr­con­trol mech­a­nisms in­tro­duced in İs­tan­bul un­der Se­lim III.

The ededited vol­ume from Pas­cal W. Firges, TTo­bias P. Graf, Chris­tian Roth and GGülay Tu­la­soğlu, “Well­Con­nected Do­mains: To­wards an En­tan­gled Ot­toman History” (Brill), is ex­am­ined bby Ah­met Öz­can. The book eval­ue­val­u­ates 19th cen­tury Ot­toman history from var­i­ous per­spec­tives and is an­a­lyzed in de­tail here by Öz­can.

The fin­fi­nal re­view this is­sue comes from Prince­ton Univer­sity’s Daniel Fi­Fields, who of­fers a de­tailede­tailed ex­am­i­na­tion of Ju­lia PhilliPhillips Co­hen’s “Be­com­ing Ot­tOt­tomans: Sephardi Jews anand Im­pe­rial Cit­i­zen­ship in tthe Mod­ern Era,” re­cently pub­lished by Ox­ford Univer­sity Press.

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