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 #140 – Evren Savcı, author of “Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics Under Neoliberal Islam” (Duke University Press), on the shifting discourse around LGBT rights in Turkey and the government’s mounting rhetoric against activists.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #135 – Murat Erdogan, director of Turkish German University’s Migration and Integration Research Centre, on the future of Syrians in Turkey.

Erdoğan oversees “Syrians Barometer”, an annual UNHCR-supported research project tracking the views and tendencies of Syrians in Turkey, as well as Turkish citizens’ views of Syrians.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #133 – Mostafa Minawi, associate professor of history at Cornell University and senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University, on “The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz” (Stanford University Press)

The book describes the Ottoman Empire’s expansionist efforts in Africa and Arabia in the late 19th century by taking part in the Conference of Berlin, as it sought inclusion in the top ranks of European powers.

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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 #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 #127 – Louis Fishman, associate professor at Brooklyn College at the City University of New York, on “Jews and Palestinians in the Late Ottoman Era, 1908-1914: Claiming the Homeland” (Edinburgh University Press).

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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 #124  –  Zeynep Çelik, professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, on the origins of archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, the response to the European pursuit of antiquities, and questions of heritage in contemporary Turkey.

Çelik is author of “Empire, Architecture and the City: French-Ottoman Encounters, 1830-1914” (University of Washington Press) and “About Antiquities: Politics of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire” (University of Texas Press), among others.

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As mentioned at the end of the episode, Nektaria Anastasiadou’s debut novel, “A Recipe for Daphne”, has just been published by Hoopoe Books. Check out details here and order it from Hoopoe here.

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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 #122  –  Sinem Adar, associate in the Centre for Applied Turkey Studies at the SWP think tank in Berlin, on the hardening of Turkey’s foreign policy in the Middle East, the East Mediterranean and Europe, as well as the Turkish government’s soft power investments.

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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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