Turkey Book Talk episode #141 – Sir Noel Malcolm, senior research fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, on “Useful Enemies: Islam and the Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought 1450-1750” (Oxford University Press).

The book examines how early modern Western European writers shaped perceptions of the Ottoman Empire and Islam through fear, distrust and hostility, but also curiosity and admiration.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #134 – Chiara Maritato, post-doctoral researcher at University of Turin’s Department of Culture, Politics and Society, on “Women, Religion and then State in Contemporary Turkey” (Cambridge University Press).

The book examines the causes and effects of women’s expanded role in Turkey’s state religious agency, the Diyanet, over the past 20 years.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #132 – Omer Taşpınar, professor at the US National War College and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, on “What the West is Getting Wrong about the Middle East: Why Islam is Not the Problem” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury)

The book argues that the US and Europe often fundamentally misunderstand social and political trends in the Middle East, overemphasising the importance of Islam at the expense of more important economic, governance and institutional factors. It makes this case by examining the examples of Turkey, the Sunni-Shia divide and the emergence of ISIS.

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Turkey Book Talk #131 – Gülay Türkmen, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Göttingen, on “Under the Banner of Islam: Turks, Kurds and the Limits of Religious Unity” (Oxford University Press).

The book addresses how Islam has been used as a tool of both unity and resistance by various sides in Turkey’s Kurdish question.

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Turkey Book Talk #130 – Mustafa Menshawy, associate professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and associate fellow at University of Westminster, on “Leaving the Muslim Brotherhood: Self, Society and the State” (Palgrave).

The interview addresses how the migration of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members from Egypt to Turkey in recent years has changed the group.

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Turkey Book Talk #128 – Jan-Markus Vomel, doctoral student at the University of Konstanz, on the origins and development of political Islam in Turkey from the 1950s to 2000, as well as its role today.

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Turkey Book Talk #126 – Umut Azak of Okan University on this summer’s conversion of the Hagia Sophia from museum to mosque, the history of calls on Turkey’s religious right to take that step, and the future of the country’s religious nationalist status quo under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Turkey Book Talk #125 – Ahmet Kuru, professor of political science at San Diego State University, on “Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison” (Cambridge University Press).

The book traces the causes of low socio-economic development in many Muslim-majority countries to the 11th century, when Kuru argues an alliance of orthodox Islamic scholars and military states started to hinder intellectual and economic creativity.

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Turkey Book Talk #123  –  Alan Mikhail, professor of history at Yale University, on “God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire and the Making of the Modern World” (WW Norton).

The book is a hugely ambitious, continent-spanning reexamination of the life and times of Selim I, who ruled from 1512 to 1520 and whose reign saw seismic changes in Ottoman and world history.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #118  –  Serhun Al on the historical origins of Turkey’s Kurdish issue and the latest crackdown on the Kurdish movement.

Al is assistant professor at Izmir Economics University, co-editor of “Comparative Kurdish Politics in the Middle East” (Palgrave Macmillan), and author of “Patterns of Nationhood and Saving the State in Turkey” (Routledge) as well as a number of academic article on the Kurdish issue.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #116  –  Ünver Rüstem, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, on “Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul” (Princeton University Press).

The book examines the adoption of Baroque and rococo styles in Istanbul mosques between 1740 and 1800, looking at how this fits into – or perhaps questions – popular ideas of Ottoman decline and Western influence.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #113  –  Ayfer Karakaya-Stump, associate professor of history at The College of William and Mary, on “The Kizilbash Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics and Community” (Edinburgh University Press).

The book traces the origins of today’s Alevis as a unified religious group back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

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