Introduction, By Ümit Kurt
This issue Turkish Review presents readers with a wide range of books and conference briefs, many of which deal with different aspects of ethnic identity, be it Turkish or otherwise. The first volume is Şener Aktürk’s “Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey” (Cambridge University Press). Historian Prof. Norman Naimark (Stanford University) analyzes this book, in which historical developments in the ethnicity regimes of German, Turkey and Russia are compared.
Author Vedica Kant offers an account of Vicken Cheterian’s “Open Wounds: Armenians, Turks and a Century of Genocide” (Hurst), which examines the impacts of the Armenian genocide on Turkey and on Armenians in subsequent years.
Next comes Fatma Sel Turhan’s “The Ottoman Empire and the Bosnian Uprising: Janissaries, Modernisation and Rebellion in the Nineteenth Century” (I.B Tauris), which looks at the Ottoman-run Bosnia of the 19th century. This product of painstaking archival research is illuminated for Turkish Review by Bilge Yabancı (University of Graz).
The final book this issue is reviewed by Deniz Ali Gür (Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University): David Roman and Mehmet Gürses’s edited volume “Conflict, Democratization, and the Kurds in the Middle East” (Palgrave Macmillan). The book includes essays on the social political and historic aspects of the Kurdish issue.
The first of three conference briefs comes from Mehmet Karabela and Brenna Drummond (Queen’s University, Canada). They provide a detailed account of the March 2015 conference hosted by their own university: Islamism and Post-Islamism: Religious and Political Transformations in Muslim Societies. Panels at the conference addressed every aspect of the history of Islamism.
Daniel Ohanian (İstanbul Bilgi University) and Berkay Küçükbaşlar (Boğaziçi University) summarize the İstanbul Bilgi University conference, History of Occupations and Occupations in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey workshop. Finally, Zeyd Kılıç (Süleyman Şah University) recounts details of the 1st International Congress of Turkish Culture, jointly organized by Süleyman Şah University, Indiana University, Hacettepe University and the Motif Foundation. The wide-ranging event included disciplines from literature and history to fine art and anthropology, and brought together over 120 researchers to explore the historical effects and nature of Sufi culture and traditions.