In­tro­duc­tion, By Ümit Kurt

Turkish Review - - CONTENTS - ÜMİT 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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Turkey

© PressReader. All rights reserved.