Natalie Rothman on dragomans of the Ottoman Empire, between East and West

Natalie Rothman on dragomans of the Ottoman E...

Soner Çağaptay on the crises facing Turkey’s Erdoğan

Soner 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 challenges facing the Turkish president at home a ...  Show more

Ömer Tekdemir on the Kurdish issue from the 19th century to today

Ömer Tekdemir on “Constituting the Political Economy of the Kurds: Social Embeddedness, Hegemony and Identity” (Routledge). The book is a sweeping account of the social, political and economic circumstances shaping the emergence of collective Kurdish identity from the late Ottoma ...  Show more

Nicholas Danforth on memory and modernity in contemporary Turkey

Nicholas Danforth 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 from 1945 to 1960, with many implications for our understanding ...  Show more

Buke Uras on the Balyan family and the Ottoman Armenian architectural legacy

Büke Uras on “The Balyans: Ottoman Architecture and the Balyan Archive” (Korpus). The Balyan family served as Ottoman imperial architects for three generations in the 19th century and are responsible for some of Istanbul's most iconic monuments, including Dolmabahçe Palace and Or ...  Show more

Suna Çağaptay on the many lives of Bursa from antiquity to today

Suna Çağaptay on “The First Capital of the Ottoman Empire: The Religious, Architectural and Social History of Bursa” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book examines Bursa's history from antiquity to today, particularly its hybrid and plural character after transitioning from Byzantine ...  Show more

Dimitris Kamouzis on the emergence of Greek nationalism in Ottoman Istanbul

Dimitris Kamouzis on “Greeks in Turkey: Elite Nationalism and Minority Politics in Late Ottoman and Early Republican Istanbul” (Routledge). The book explores the spread of nationalism and ideas of unity with Greece among Istanbul's Greek Orthodox community from the 19th century t ...  Show more

Christine Philliou on reimagining Turkish history and the roots of political dissent

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 the writer Refik Halid Karay (1888-1965), interrogating the shifting meaning of political dissent from Ottoman to ...  Show more

Malte Fuhrmann on cosmopolitan life in port cities of the late Ottoman era

Malte Fuhrmann, research fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, on “Port Cities of the East Mediterranean: Urban Culture in the Late Ottoman Empire” (Cambridge University Press). The book paints a panorama of cultural and social life in the diverse cities of Salonica, Ist ...  Show more

Noel Malcolm on the Ottoman Empire and Islam in Western political thought

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). Support Turkey Book Talk by becoming a member. Members get a 30% discount on al ...  Show more

Evren Savcı on Turkey's LGBT movement, from flourishing to crackdown

Evren Savcı, author of "Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics Under Neoliberal Islam" (Duke University Press), on shifting discourse around LGBT rights in Turkey and the government's mounting rhetoric against activists. Support Turkey Book Talk by becoming a member. Members get a ...  Show more

Ahmet Erdi Öztürk on Turkey's cultural, political and religious footprint in the Balkans

Ahmet Erdi Öztürk on “Religion, Identity and Power: Turkey and the Balkans in the 21st Century" (Edinburgh University Press). Based on extensive fieldwork, the book examines how Turkey's religious nationalist transformation under Erdoğan is reflected in its expanding footprint in ...  Show more

Jenny White on the deep scars of political violence in Turkey's 1970s

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 young protagonists caught up in the so ...  Show more

Jeremy Seal on Adnan Menderes and the long shadow of Turkey's 1960 coup

Jeremy Seal on “A Coup in Turkey: A Tale of Democracy, Despotism and Vengeance in a Divided Land” (Penguin). The book explores the legacy of Adnan Menderes, who became the Republic of Turkey's first democratically elected prime minister in 1950 before being overthrown in a milita ...  Show more

Taner Doğan on ideology and charisma in Erdoğan's communication strategy

Taner Doğan on “Communication Strategies in Turkey: Erdogan, the AKP and Political Messaging” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). Support Turkey Book Talk by becoming a member. Members get a 30% discount on all Turkey/Ottoman History books published by IB Tauris/Bloomsbury, English and Turki ...  Show more

Murat Erdoğan on Syrian migrants' future in Turkey

Murat Erdoğan, director of the 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 of Syrians in Turkey and Turkish citizens' ...  Show more

Chiara Maritato on women in Turkey's state religious agency

Chiara Maritato on "Women, Religion and the State in Contemporary Turkey" (Cambridge University Press), examining the causes and effects of women's expanded role in Turkey's state religious agency over the past 20 years. Become a Turkey Book Talk member to support the podcast and ...  Show more

Mostafa Minawi on the Ottoman Empire's scramble for Africa

Mostafa Minawi on "The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz" (Stanford University Press), examining the Ottoman Empire's bid to expand its footprint in Africa and Arabia in the late-19th century age of imperialism. Become a Turkey Book Tal ...  Show more

Ömer Taşpınar on what the West gets wrong about the Middle East and Turkey

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). Become a Turkey Book Talk member to support the podcast and get ...  Show more

Gülay Türkmen on Turks, Kurds and the limits of religious unity

Gülay Türkmen 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. Become a Turkey Book Talk membe ...  Show more