In­tro­duc­tion, By Ümit Kurt

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

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.

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