Turkey Book Talk episode #150Soner Çağaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, on “A Sultan in Autumn: Erdogan Faces Turkey’s Uncontrollable Forces” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). 

The book describes the myriad political challenges facing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at home and abroad, and speculates about his potential response.

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A PDF of the book is available for free download via the Washington Institute’s website.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #147 – Nicholas Danforth, non-resident fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, on “The Remaking of Republican Turkey: Memory and Modernity since the Fall of the Ottoman Empire” (Cambridge University Press).

The book upends conventional wisdom about social and political shifts between 1945 and 1960, years when Turkey held its first multi-party elections and joined the NATO alliance under the conservative Democrat Party government of prime minister Adnan Menderes.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #143 – Christine Philliou, associate professor of history at UC Berkeley, on “Turkey: A Past Against History” (University of California Press).

The book examines the life of writer Refik Halid Karay (1888-1965), interrogating the long heritage and shifting meaning of political dissent from Ottoman to republican eras.

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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 #139 – Ahmet Erdi Öztürk, associate professor and Marie Curie fellow at London Metropolitan University and Coventry University, and non-resident scholar at ELIAMEP, on “Religion, Identity and Power: Turkey and the Balkans in the Twenty-First Century” (Edinburgh University Press).

Based on extensive fieldwork in the region, the book examines how Turkey’s religious nationalist transformation under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is reflected in its expanding footprint in the Balkans.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #138 – Jenny White, professor at Stockholm University’s Institute for Turkish Studies, on “Turkish Kaleidoscope: Fractured Lives in a Time of Violence” (Princeton University Press).

The graphic novel, illustrated by Ergün Gündüz, tells the story of four young protagonists caught up in the social and political turbulence leading to Turkey’s 1980 military coup.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #137 – Jeremy Seal on “A Coup in Turkey: A Tale of Democracy, Despotism and Vengeance in a Divided Land” (Chatto & Windus/Penguin).

The book blends biography, history and reportage to explore the legacy of Adnan Menderes, who became the Republic of Turkey’s first democratically elected prime minister in 1950 before being overthrown in a military coup in May 1960. It also weaves this story in with developments in contemporary Turkey under President Erdoğan, who often presents himself as inheriting Menderes’ political legacy.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #136 – Taner Doğan on “Communication Strategies in Turkey: Erdogan, the AKP and Political Messaging” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).

The book is based on over 100 interviews with AKP supporters, activists, officials, strategists and pundits, as well as attending events and closely examining Erdoğan’s messaging as his rhetoric shifted from emphasising Ankara’s EU membership goal towards hard-edged nationalism.

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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 #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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