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Djene Rhys Bajalan


With Blood They Consecrate a New Order: Erdogan’s ‘Revolution’

[Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan participating in the

On the evening of 15 July 2016, in the midst of the attempted coup d’etat, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan landed in Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport after flying in from the holiday resort of Marmaris. His flight across the country may well have been a tense one as the Associated Press (AP) reported that his jet had been tailed by rogue F-16 jets. However, once on the ground, Erdoğan was met, not by putschist soldiers ready to lead him away in handcuffs, but throngs of ...

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Djene Rhys Bajalan


Djene Rhys Bajalan is a historian, specializing in the history of the Kurds. He holds a DPhil in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford and has worked and studied in both Turkey, Great Britain, and Iraqi Kurdistan. He is currently an assistant professor in the department of history at Missouri State University and an assistant editor of the Journal of Kurdish Studies. He has authored a number of works in both English and Turkish pertaining to the Kurds in the late Ottoman published in journals including the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Iranian Studies, and Middle East Studies. He is also the author of Jön Kürtler: Birinci Dünya Savaşı’ndan Önce Kürt Hareketi 1898-1914 [The Young Kurds: The Kurdish movement before the First World War] (Avesta, 2010) and co-editor of Studies in Kurdish History: Empire, Ethnic and Islam (Routledge, 2015). For more information, visit