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Armenians in the Ottoman Empire

[This bibliography was published as part of the Ottoman History Podcast’s “Books and Bibliographies” feature, a monthly series curated by Heather Hughes. More information about the series can be found here.] This April marks the centennial of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. Our monthly reading list includes a selection of books, dissertations, and articles in English pertaining to the history of Ottoman Armenians before, during, and after the First World War. Works about other Christian communities in Eastern Anatolia and the Middle East are also included. We hope this list will provide a useful starting point for those interested in the history of Ottoman ...

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Turkiyeli Ermeniler’den Cagri: Bak Kardesim

Türkiyeli Ermeniler’den Çağrı: Bak Kardeşim [Ermeni Soykırımı'nın 100. yıldönümü sebebiyle Nor Zartonk'un Türkiyeli Ermeniler adına kaleme aldığı çağrıyı aşağıda yayımlıyoruz. Metnin orijinaline buradan ulaşabilirsiniz.] Bak Kardeşim, Ermeni Soykırımı’nın üzerinden 100 yıl geçti. Bir halk, ninenin, dedenin birlikte yaşadığı bir halk, devlet tarafından sistematik olarak katledildi. Bundan 100 yıl önce sokakta karşılaşacağın beş kişiden biri Ermeni iken bugün sokakta Ermenilere rastlamak o kadar kolay değil. Ne oldu onlara? Sor kardeşim… Dur kardeşim kızma hemen dinle… Devlet Baba bizi hain ilan etti, lanetli ilan etti, bir canavarmışız gibi bahsetti ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 21)

[Commemoration of the 24 April 2010 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Istanbul. Image via thomas koch / Shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English June Elections How Does the AKP Pick Its Candidates? Mustafa Akyol argues that loyalty and obedience to President Erdoğan, rather than any political merit, have been the primary criteria by which the AKP has selected its candidates. Political Tension Rising in Turkey Semih İdiz claims that recent violent events in Turkey have been ...

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Istanbul Film Festival Cancels Competitions Due to Censorship

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The thirty-fourth annual Istanbul Film Festival has cancelled all of its film competitions at the behest of the various juries, given the extraordinary circumstances at the film festival this year. The festival was forced to withdraw a programmed screening of a Kurdish documentary, Bakur [North] (Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, 2015) from the festival, which resulted in all of the domestic competition films except for two being pulled from the festival by the filmmakers. Filmmakers and film critics from Turkey had issued a press release on 12 April condemning the decision to censor the film Bakur at the Istanbul Film Festival. The signatories of the press statement ...

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Imre Azem on ‘Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits’ (New York, 16 April)

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Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits: Screening and Discussion with Imre Azem Thursday, April 16 at 7pm CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5414 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016 Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (2013) tells the story of Istanbul on a neo-liberal course to destruction. It follows the story of a migrant family from the demolition of their neighborhood to their ongoing struggle for housing rights. The film takes a look at the city on a macro level and through the eyes of experts, going from the tops of mushrooming skyscrapers to the depths of the railway tunnel under the Bosphorous strait, from the historic neighborhoods in the south to the forests in the ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 7)

[Okmeyani district courthouse. Image via istanbul_image_video / Shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Hostage Situation Toward Chaos? İhsan Yılmaz claims that the re-emergence of the DHKP/C is a move by the deep state and will allow the AKP to generate chaos and polarize society in the leadup to the elections. DHKP/C and Istanbul's Security Breaches Emre Uslu argues that the hostage situation demonstrates the shortcomings of the security ...

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Illicit Sex in Ottoman and French Algeria: An Interview with Aurelie Perrier

[Postcard depicting street of Ouled Nails, Biskra. Image via Ottoman History Podcast.]

The association of the Arab world with Western sexual fantasy figured prominently in the artwork and literature that was critiqued so famously by Edward Said in Orientalism. Yet beyond the fantasies embedded in Delacroix’s paintings of odalisques, what did sex actually mean in nineteenth-century Algeria? In Ottoman History Podcast #188, Aurelie Perrier begins to answer this question. Building on the groundbreaking work of scholars like Malek Alloula and Christelle Taraud, her research explores the nature of illicit sex in nineteenth-century Algeria under both Ottoman and French rule. Perrier situates the topic in the fluid boundaries of Ottoman-administered sex ...

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Kurdish Alevi Music and Migration: An Interview with Ozan Aksoy

[Ozan Aksoy. Image via Ottoman History Podcast.]

For Kurdish Alevis, music serves as a mode of articulating and transmitting ideas about collective history, identity, and connections to the geography of former homes in the countryside of Anatolia. Our guest in Ottoman History Podcast Episode #187, Dr. Ozan Aksoy, has explored this crucial role of music within the Alevi community from a variety of angles throughout more than two decades as a musician and researcher. As one of the members of the critically-acclaimed Kardeş Türküler ensemble, Aksoy helped launch a provocative musical experiment that has offered a new vision of folklore in Turkey, one that celebrates the ethnolinguistic richness of Turkey’s musical ...

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Istanbul 2023

Yoann Morvan et Sinan Logie, Istanbul 2023, Paris: Editions B2, Coll. Territoires, 2014. Les éditions B2 ont récemment enrichi leur collection Territoires par un « arpentage dans le temps et l’espace » d’Istanbul. Mais pas dans n’importe quel Istanbul. Istanbul 2023, c’est avant toute chose le choix de raconter les métamorphoses de la mégapole turque à partir de l’analyse des recompositions socio-urbaines de ses périphéries. Grands projets d’infrastructures, villes nouvelles, nouveau centre financier sont quelques exemples parmi d’autres choisis par l’anthropologue Yoann Morvan (CNRS) et l’architecte Sinan Logie (Université Bilgi d’Istanbul) pour présenter ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 10)

[International Women's Day, Istanbul, 8 March 2014. Image by Fatih Pinar.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Peace Process: AKP-HDP Joint Public Statement & Ten-Point Plan As the Period of Armed Conflict Ends Etyen Mahcupyan reports that the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister came together with the representatives of the People's Democracy Party (HDP) at Dolmabahçe Palace, and made a joint public statement that both sides had agreed on ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 24)

[International Women's Day, Istanbul, March 2013. Image by fulya atalay / Shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Özgecan Aslan, Nuh Köklü, and the Spate of Violence Violence against Women Beril Dedeoğlu examines the rise in violence against women over the past few years and claims that such violence should be framed as a men’s problem rather than women’s. Sexist, not Denominational… Ali Bayramoğlu frames violence against women as a “security ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 17)

[Women march in Taksim Square to protest police violence and abuse, July 2013. Image by EvrenKalinbacak / Shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English AKP, Draft Security Bill, Authoritarianism Clear Intervention in Judiciary Günal Kurşun points out that the government’s arbitrary interventions into the judiciary have become systematic and widespread after the 17 December bribery and corruption operations. The "Holy Case" “The AK Party is putting forth a new objective, which ...

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Goodbye, Antoura

[The following is an excerpt from Goodbye, Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide. The English translation, by Simon Beugekian, edited by Aram Goudsouzian, was published in 2015.] At night, elderly Turkish women patrolled up and down the rows of beds, trying their best to make sure we were all asleep. Some of us slept four to a bed, others eight to a bed, covered by one single blanket, breathing into each other’s faces. On cold nights, boys sometimes pulled the blanket off the others, starting an ...

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Too Much Memory? Remembering and Forgetting at the Crossroads of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Indeed suffering in common unifies more than joy does. Where national memories are concerned, griefs are of more value than triumphs, for they impose duties and require a common effort.[1] These words from Ernest Renan’s iconic essay of 1882, “Qu'est-ce qu’une Nation?” offer a piercing diagnosis of how some small nations, which have been historic targets of persecution and violence and therefore know that they can easily disappear, have managed to generate and maintain their collective identities during ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 14)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Hostage Crisis A Murder and Primitive Opposition Commenting on the hostage crisis on 31 March that ended with the murder of the prosecutor and two protesters, Etyen ...

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Okmeydani: A Targeted Territory

The death on 11 March 2014, in the Okmeydanı hospital, of the young Berkin Elvan (fifteen years old) after months in a coma—he had been a victim of police violence on 16 June 2013 during the protests in support of Gezi—followed by his funeral and the murder of young Burak Can Karamanoğlu (twenty-two years old) on the night of 12 March, as well as the counter-demonstrations on 13 March, once again placed the territory of Okmeydanı under the spotlight of the media and politicians. Often referred to as a ...

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The Present and Future of Climate Change in Turkey and Beyond: An Interview with Umit Sahin

[In this interview, Dr. Ümit Şahin, an Sabanci University Istanbul Policy Center Senior Scholar and an ecological, anti-nuclear, and human rights activist in Turkey, discusses the politics of climate change in Turkey and the globe. In November 2014, Şahin published a thorough report called “Mapping the Actors of Climate Change Policies in Turkey.” Şahin explicitly states that Turkey’s antidemocratic and neoliberal developmentalist policies are in stark contrast with what is needed to fight climate ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 31)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Rift Between President Erdoğan and the Government Pushing Government to Limits, Erdoğan's Will Being Tested Yavuz Baydar suggests that the rift emerging between Erdoğan and ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 24)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Domestic Politics Is Gladio Still Alive in Turkey? Commenting on the recent debates on the “Cosmic rooms” of the Turkish Armed Forces, where top documents related to the ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 17)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Fidan Incident & Power Struggle within the AKP Power Game within the AK Parti (1) - (2) Murat Yetkin explores how Erdoğan is trying to leverage his authority over Prime ...

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Imperial Consequences of Things: An Interview with Alan Mikhail

In this interview, Alan Mikhail discusses his own work on the environmental history of the Ottoman Empire, the wider intervention of environmental history, and the challenge of interdisciplinarity. The interview was initially conducted in person at the 2013 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference and elaborated electronically over the course of 2014. Alan Mikhail, Professor of History at Yale University, is a historian of the early modern Muslim world, the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt. ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 3)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English The Evacuation of the Tomb of Suleiman Shah The Story of a Successful Operation Nagehan Alçı reports that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu together with the Defense Minister ...

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In Memory of Ozgecan Aslan: Sexual Violence and the Juridical System in Turkey

This piece is written as a farewell to Ozgecan Aslan, a twenty-year-old university student, who was stabbed to death after she was raped. Her remains were found on 13 February, burnt and thrown into a river by three men. I slept with a heavy heart that night and woke up even grimmer and more outraged. Another terrible piece of news from Turkey, my home country, where nearly every day men brutally kill, sexually harass, and rape women. Where everyday acts of walking on the street, taking a bus, visiting ...

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Bio-Istanbul: A Speculative, Segregationist, and Sustainable Urbanism

Ekolojik (ecological), yeşil (green), doğal (natural), or akıllı (smart): these are the new concepts increasingly emphasized in brochures advertising real estate projects in Istanbul. Stamped with the seal of “sustainability” (sürdürülebilirlik), a terminology that signalled its entry into the vocabulary of Turkey’s urban policies in the early 2000s (Pérouse 2011), do these projects really reflect new forms of urban design and spatial production in the metropolis of Istanbul? In order to ...

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