Introduction, By Ümit Kurt
As ever, this issue of Turkish Review provides insight into a variety of important books and conferences. The first book is James H. Meyer’s “Turks across Empires: Marketing Muslim Identity in the RussianOttoman Borderlands, 1856-1914,” reviewed by Koç University’s Şener Aktürk. Examining the roots of panTurkism, this book provides a valuable resource for studies of related nationalism and ethnicism.
The next book is Nadia von Maltzahn’s “The Syria-Iran Axis: Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East,” published by I. B. Tauris. This volume analyses diplomatic developments in the Middle East along the Syria-Iran axis and is reviewed here by İstanbul Bilgi University’s Cemil Poyraz.
Armen T. Marsoobian’s “Fragments of a Lost Homeland: Remembering Armenia” traces the author’s roots back to 19th century Merzifon, and includes a vivid collection of photos and personal narratives. Görkem Daskan offers a detailed analysis of the book for Turkish Review.
Last among the reviews is a brief summary of the Bulgaria edition in the “The Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe” series, provided by Paul Benjamin Osterlund. The slim volume contains much useful information on the legal status and lifestyles of Muslims (including Turks) in Turkey’s European neighbor.
The first of this issue’s conference briefs comes from Özyeğin University’s Deniz Şenol Sert, who provides an account of “Democratic Spaces: Gezi Park Two Years After,” held at her own institution in May. The speaker, European University Institute’s Prof. Donatella della Porta, looks at the events of 2013’s Gezi protests in İstanbul and what they have come to mean in the intervening years.
Finally, Clark University’s Emre Can Dağlıoğlu shares his experiences at the Hrant Dink Foundation’s March conference, “Conscience and responsibility in the Armenian Genocide: new research on survivors.”