Introduction, By Ümit Kurt
The books and conferences covered in this issue of Turkish Review largely center around the interconnected themes of nationstate formation and religion. The first volume is reviewed here by Dağhan Irak of the University of Strasbourg: Bahar Başer’s “Diasporas and Homeland Conflicts: A Comparative Perspective.” This original work by Başer provides a nuanced analysis of the cultural codes of the Kurdish and Turkish diaspora of Germany and Sweden.
The next work is Shadi Hamid work on the Muslim Brotherhood in and Islamic Action Front in Egypt and Jordan, “Temptations of Power: Islamists and illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East,” examined here by Joseph Conrad of the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Last but not least this issue is the new I.B. Tauris publication “The Rise of Political Islam in Turkey: Urban Poverty, Grassroots Activism and Islamic Fundamentalism,” by Kayhan Delibaş. Menderes Çınar of Başkent University has written a detailed account of Delibaş’s work, which looks in detail at the historical development of political Islam in Turkey.
The conference briefs begin with a summary of the City University of New York conference, World War I and the Non-Turkish Minorities in the Ottoman Empire: Armenian, Assyrians and Greeks. This May 2015 conference is summarized by Ümit Kurt and explored the problems faced by non-Muslim minorities in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.
Remaining on the theme of the late Ottoman Empire, Georgetown University’s Stefan Hock gives an account of the June 2015 workshop in Oxford, Third annual Graduate Workshop in Ottoman Studies: In the Margins of Ottoman History: Revisiting the Late Ottoman Past.
Finally, Serdar Şengül of Mardin Artuklu University details the broad-reaching 3rd. National Congress Of Anthropology Students hosted by his university in the summer of 2015.