In­tro­duc­tion, By Ümit Kurt

Turkish Review - - CONTENTS - ÜMİT KURT Lit­er­ary Editor Con­tact the lit­er­ary editor u.kurt@turk­ishre­view.org

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.”

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