International Journal of Turkish Studies

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1/2, 2017

A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East
HEATHER J. SHARKEY, A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), Pp. 394 ?69.99 ClothHeather J. Sharkey, an associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations...
A History of the Ottoman Empire
DOUGLAS A. HOWARD, A History of the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press. 2017). Pp. 412, $99.99 clothWriting a history of the Ottoman Empire from its inception as a small principality at the turn of the thirteenth century to its dissolution...
Anzac Battlefield, A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory
ANTONIO SAGONA, MITHAT ATABAY, C. J. MACKIE, IAN MCGIBBON and RICHARD REID, eds. Anzac Battlefield, A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016). Pp. 268. $39.99 Cloth.This very unusual book, ANZAC Battlefield,...
Between Sepharad and Jerusalem: History, Identity and Memory of the Sephardim
ALISA MEYUHAS GINIO, Between Sepharad and Jerusalem: History, Identity and Memory of the Sephardim (Leiden: Brill, 2015). Pp. 372. $197.00 Cloth.Who is a Sephardi Jew, and by what parameters is this designation bounded? Is it a question of origin and...
Childhood in the Late Ottoman Empire and After
BENJAMIN C. FORTNA, ed., Childhood in the Late Ottoman Empire and After (Leiden: Brill, 2016). Pp. 285. ?110 ClothREVIEWED BY NORA LAFI, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, Germany; email: Nora.Lafi@zmo.deThis collection of essays is an attempt...
Christianity and Religious Plurality
CHARLOTTE METHUEN, ANDREW SPICER, and JOHN WOLFFE, eds., Christianity and Religious Plurality (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2015), Pp. 478 $80.00 ClothChristianity and Religious Plurality is a broadly conceived volume that examines Christians' interactions...
Crisis and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire: The Downfall of a Sultan in the Age of Revolution
AYSEL YILDIZ, Crisis and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire: The Downfall of a Sultan in the Age of Revolution (London & New York: I. B. Tauris, 2017), Pp. 304. $110.00 ClothThe book under review deals with the uprising of May 25-29, 1807, which culminated...
Depicting the Late Ottoman Empire in Turkish Autobiographies: Images of a Past World
PHILIPP WIRTZ, Depicting the Late Ottoman Empire in Turkish Autobiographies: Images of a Past World (New York: Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2017). Pp. 175 $149.85 ClothPhilipp Wirtz's book examines seventeen post-Ottoman autobiographical...
Die Reichweite Des Staates: Wehrpflicht Und Moderne Staatlichkeit Im Osmanischen Reich 1869-1910
ELKE HARTMANN, Die Reichweite des Staates: Wehrpflicht und Moderne Staatlichkeit im Osmanischen Reich 1869-1910 [Krieg in der Geschichte, 89] (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2016), Pp. 470. ?58.00 Cloth.General conscription and compulsory military service...
Everyday Luxuries: Art and Objects in Ottoman Constantinople, 1600-1800
AMANDA PHILLIPS, Everyday Luxuries: Art and Objects in Ottoman Constantinople, 1600-1800 (in conjunction with the National Museums of Berlin and the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence) (Dortmund: Verlag Kettler, 2016), Pp. 197. $ 28.46 Cloth.This is...
Fountains and Water Culture in Byzantium
BROOKE SHILLING and PAUL STEPHENSON, eds. Fountains and Water Culture in Byzantium, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), Pp. 391, $120.00 ClothThis book consists of 18 papers delivered at a conference "Fountains of Byzantion-Constantinople-Istanbul,"...
Greek Orthodox Music in Ottoman IStanbul: Nation and Community in the Era of Reform
MERIH EROL, Greek Orthodox Music in Ottoman Istanbul: Nation and Community in the Era of Reform (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015), Pp. 264 $35.00 ClothWithout any doubt a significant contribution to the cultural history of the Rum millet...
Imagined Communities in Greece and Turkey. Trauma and the Population Exchanges under Atatürk
EMINE YESIM BEDLEK, Imagined Communities in Greece and Turkey. Trauma and the Population Exchanges under Atatürk (London: IB Tauris 2016) Pp. 272 $ 142.95 ClothSince the late 1990s, the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey has become a...
Inside the Seraglio: Private Lives of the Sultans in IStanbul
JOHN FREELY, Inside the Seraglio: Private Lives of the Sultans in Istanbul (London , New York, IB Tauris, 2016), Pp. 384 $18.00 Reprint. Paper.The author of this book, who died early in 2017 at the age of ninety, was a very unusual individual and writer....
Intellectual Origins of the Republic: Ahmet Agaoglu and the Genealogy of Liberalism in Turkey
HILMI OZAN ÖZAVCI, Intellectual Origins of the Republic: Ahmet Agaoglu and the Genealogy of Liberalism in Turkey (Brill, 2015). Pp. 269. $144.00 Cloth.Hilmi Ozan Özavci prefaces this comprehensive study by arguing for a reexamination of the intellectual...
"Is the Turk a White Man?": Race and Modernity in the Making of Turkish Identity
Modern Turkey MURAT ERGIN, "Is the Turk a White Man?": Race and Modernity in the Making of Turkish Identity (Leiden: Brill, 2017). Pp. 278. $151.00 Cloth.Based largely on published state sources, newspapers, and contemporary academic studies, Ergin details...
Living in the Ottoman Realm: Empire and Identity, 13th to 20th Centuries
CHRISTINE ISOM-VERHAAREN and KENT F. SCHULL, eds. Living in the Ottoman Realm: Empire and Identity, 13th to 20th Centuries (Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2016), Pp. 367 $85.00 ClothThe significant increase in interest in Ottoman...
Most Secret Agent of Empire: Reginald Teague-Jones, Master Spy of the Great Game
TALINE TER MINASSIAN, Most Secret Agent of Empire: Reginald Teague-Jones, Master Spy of the Great Game. Translated by Tom Rees (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), Pp. 283 $29.95 ClothTaline Ter Minassian's biography of Reginald Teague-Jones,...
Ottoman Rural Societies and Economies. Halcyon Days in Crete VIII: A Symposium Held in Rethymno 13-15 January 2012
ELIAS KOLOVOS, ed. Ottoman Rural Societies and Economies. Halcyon Days in Crete VIII: A Symposium held in Rethymno 13-15 January 2012 (Rethymno, Crete: Crete University Press, 2015), Pp. 459, ?30.00 Cloth.This book is a compilation of the papers delivered...
Ottoman Women in Public Space
EBRU BOYAR and KATE FLEET, eds. Ottoman Women in Public Space (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2016), Pp. 294 $149 ClothThe purpose and theme of this path-breaking book is to demonstrate that public space was a natural locus for women in living in Ottoman...
Partners of the Empire: The Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions
ALI YAYCIOGLU, Partners of the Empire: The Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions, (Stanford University Press 2016), Pp. 368, $ 29.95 ClothAli Yaycioglu's book covers the history of the Ottoman Empire in the second half of the eighteenth...
People's Mission to the Ottoman Empire: M. A. Ansari and the Indian Medical Mission, 1912-13
BURAK AKÇAPAR, People 's Mission to the Ottoman Empire: M. A. Ansari and the Indian Medical Mission, 1912-13. (New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2014). Pp. 349. $ 89.95 ClothAs the Ottoman Empire reeled under the blows of the allied Serbian, Greek...
Politics of Honor in Ottoman Anatolia: Sexual Violence and Socio-Legal Surveillance in the Eighteenth Century
BASAK TUG, Politics of Honor in Ottoman Anatolia: Sexual Violence and Socio-Legal Surveillance in the Eighteenth Century (Leiden: Brill 2017), Pp. 290 $ 127.00 ClothThis book is a study of sex crimes in Anatolia in the eighteenth century, focusing on...
Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman
Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman CHRISTIAN MAREK, in collaboration with Peter Frei. trans. by Steven Rendall, In the Land of a Thousand Gods: A History of Asia Minor in the Ancient World (Princeton, 2016), Pp. 824 $49.50 Cloth.Before the original version of this...
Rendre la Justice À Amid: Procédures, Acteurs et Doctrines Dans le Contexte Ottoman Du XVIIIème Siècle
YAVUZ AYKAN, Rendre la justice a Amid: Procedures, acteurs et doctrines dans le contexte ottoman du XVIIIeme siecle (Leiden: Brill, 2016). Pp. 274 $149.00 clothThis book describes the legal system operating in the town of Amid (Diyarbakir) in Southeastern...
The Balkans
The Balkans EYAL GINIO, The Ottoman Culture of Defeat: The Balkan Wars and Their Aftermath. (Mediterraneans: The Ottoman and Post-Ottoman World), (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). Pp. 377, $80.00 Cloth.Scholarship on the late Ottoman Empire...
The Circassian: A Life of Esref Bey, Late Ottoman Insurgent and Special Agent
BENJAMIN C. FORTNA, The Circassian: A Life of Esref Bey, Late Ottoman Insurgent and Special Agent (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), Pp. 256, ?25.00 ClothThe terminal era of the Ottoman Empire was inordinately violent, chaotic, and complex. It...
The Collapse of Rural Order in Ottoman Anatolia: Amasya 1576-1643
OKTAY ÖZEL, The Collapse of Rural Order in Ottoman Anatolia: Amasya 1576-1643 (Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2016) (The Ottoman Empire and Its Heritage 61), Pp. 282 $149.00 ClothAs it is put succinctly in the introduction, "The entire book is then geared towards...
The Economics of Ottoman Justice: Settlement and Trial in the Sharia Courts
METIN COSGEL and BOGAÇ ERGENE, The Economics of Ottoman Justice: Settlement and Trial in the Sharia Courts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), Pp. 364, $ 99.99 ClothThis book deals with the Ottoman legal system in the Black Sea coast town...
The Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain: A Mediterranean Diaspora
MERCEDES GARCÍA-ARENAL and GERARD ALBERT WIEGERS, eds. The Expulsion of the Moriscos From Spain: A Mediterranean Diaspora. trans. Consuelo López-Morillas and Martin Beagles, The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World, 56 (Leiden & Boston: Brill,...
The Kosovar Turks and Post-Kemalist Turkey: Foreign Policy, Socialisation and Resistance
HÜSREV TABAK, The Kosovar Turks and Post-Kemalist Turkey: Foreign Policy, Socialisation and Resistance (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016). Pp. 272 $99.00 Cloth.Many nations have ethnic kin that transcend state borders. Foreign policy and identity dilemmas arise...
The Making of Selim: Succession, Legitimacy and Memory in the Early Modern Ottoman World
H. ERDEM ÇIPA, The Making of Selim: Succession, Legitimacy and Memory in the Early Modern Ottoman World (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2017), Pp. 424. $ 75.00 Cloth.This is a book about image making. By the seventeenth century,...
The New Turkey and Its Discontents
SIMON A. WALDMAN and EMRE ÇALISKAN, The New Turkey and Its Discontents (Oxford University Press, Oxford: 2017). Pp. 344. ?50.00 Cloth.As its title succinctly suggests, Simon A. Waldman and Emre Çaliskan's The New Turkey and Its Discontents explores the...
The Political Economy of the Kurds of Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic
VELI YADIRGI, The Political Economy of the Kurds of Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic (Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Press, 2017). Pp. 316. ?61.99 Cloth.This is an important book that is exceedingly well written and thus deserves...
The Politics of Crime in Turkey: Neoliberalism, Police and Urban Poor
ZEYNEP GÖNEN, The Politics of Crime in Turkey: Neoliberalism, Police and Urban Poor (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016). Pp. 272. $99.00 Cloth.This book by Zeynep Gönen is a rather serious, well-documented and important contribution that provides the best knowledge...
The Voyage of the Samannud: Pilgrimage, Cholera, and Empire on an Ottoman-Egyptian Steamship Journey in 1865-66
In the summer of 1865, perhaps in July, the steamship Samannud, in the service of the Khedive Ismail Pasa, embarked from Alexandria with 1,845 North African pilgrims who had completed the hajj in June. The ship also carried approximately 37,500 kilograms...
The War with the Ottoman Empire: Volume 2: The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War
JEFFREY GREY, The War with the Ottoman Empire: Volume 2: The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War (South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2015) Pp. 238 AU$ 59.85 ClothThe War with the Ottoman Empire is the second volume of an Oxford University...
The Young Turk Revolution and the Ottoman Empire: The Aftermath of 1908 Revolution
NOÉMI LÉVY-AKSU and FRANÇOIS GEORGEON, eds. The Young Turk Revolution and the Ottoman Empire: The Aftermath of 1908 Revolution (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017) Pp. 320 $110.00 ClothThe Young Turk Revolution and the Ottoman Empire is a collection of essays,...
To What Extent Has Erdogan's Turkey Broken with Its Kemalist Past ?
TO WHAT EXTENT HAS ERDOGAN'S TURKEY BROKEN WITH ITS KEMALIST PAST ?Nilgün Önder, The Economic Transformation of Turkey: Neoliberalism and State Intervention (London and New York, I. B. Tauris. 2015), Pp. 415.Saban Halis Çalis, Turkey 's Cold War: Foreign...
Translating Books from Greek into Turkish for the Karamanli Orthodox Christians of Anatolia (1718-1856)
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Recent years have seen an increase in publications on translation practice in the Ottoman Empire. Although some late nineteenth-century doctoral theses focused on translated western works that were released...
Turkic World
Turkic World LISA GOLOMBEK and MARIA SUBTELNY, eds., Timurid Art and Culture: Iran and Central Asia in the Fifteenth Century. Studies in Islamic Art and Architecture v. 6. (Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 2014). Pp. 208 $63.00 Paperback.It was during...
Turkish-Armenian Relations: The Past, Present, and Future
The history of Turkish-Armenian relations amounts to approximately a thousand years of shared experiences. The Turks began to coexist with the Armenians following the defeat of the Byzantine army by the Seljuk ruler Alparslan at the battle of Malazgirt...
Under Osman's Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History
ALAN MIKHAIL, Under Osman's Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2017), Pp. 336 $ 45.00 Cloth.Under Osman 's Tree is a difficult book to classify. It is more than a collection of articles,...
Urban Muslim Migrants in ÝStanbul: Identity and Trauma among Balkan Immigrants
FRANCES TRIX, Urban Muslim Migrants in Istanbul: Identity and Trauma Among Balkan Immigrants (New York: I.B. Tauris, 2016). Pp. 304. $ 110.00 Cloth.Through the use of multiple disciplinary lenses and against the background of a chronological narrative,...
Wartime Criminal Policy: Profiteering and Theft in Istanbul, 1914-1918
High-ranking administrators and their theft partners more and more effectively set bad examples to these hopeless peoples. While hostility towards wealth becomes widespread, people start believing that they will get rid of the dark poverty they are struggling...
Women and Cultural Citizenship in Turkey: Mass Media and "Women's Voice" Television
SÖLEN SANLI, Women and Cultural Citizenship in Turkey: Mass Media and "Women's Voice" Television (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015). Pp. 288. $110.00 Cloth.This beautifully written, well-framed, and convincing contribution to studies of Turkish citizenship,...
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