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See Elif Shafak and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon discuss the need for more women to be heard in public life

A co-production with Fane Productions sees First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon meet Elif Shafak, Turkey’s most widely read female author and recently placed under investigation in her own country, in this timely and riveting discussion of democracy and human rights today. Shafak’s universally praised latest novel, has been described as a “piercing, unflinching look at the […]

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Book launch: Erdoğan Rising – The Times’ Istanbul correspondent Hannah Lucinda Smith in conversation with Anthony Loyd

In conversation with Anthony Loyd, Hannah Lucinda Smith analyses Turkey’s ailing democracy – and what Erdoğan’s continuing hold on power means for the rest of us. More than fifteen years before Donald Trump ascended to the American presidency, Turkey was the crucible for the new, authoritarian populism now shaking the world. Its President, Recep Tayyip […]

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A talk on ‘Martial Law in the Late Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey’

Turkey is no stranger to martial law. Its roots are steeped in the late Ottoman Empire, when İdare-i örfiyye first appeared as a neologism in the 1876 Ottoman constitution. While the term referred to the sultan’s authority in the Ottoman-Islamic legal tradition, its definition was inspired from the French “état de siège” in the 19th century. […]

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Writers in new book reimagine “Nicosia Beyond Barriers”

Independent London publishers Saqi Books will release a new book focusing on the Cyprus city of Nicosia, the “world’s last divided capital”, in June. Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City brings together “writers from all sides of the divide” to “reimagine the past, present and future of their city”. The city has been […]

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Controversial biography of Atatürk’s wife soon to be available in paperback

A new edition of the internationally bestselling biography of Latife Hanım, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s wife, will be released next month Madam Atatürk The First Lady of Modern Turkey by İpek Çalışlar will be available in paperback format from 10 May. The book will cost £12.99, London-based independent publishers Saqi Books said this week. “Kemal Atatürk was […]

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Win a copy of Semra Eren-Nijhar’s new book Turks in London

Books in English about London’s diverse Turkish community are hard to come by. One of the community’s foremost authorities is sociologist, writer and filmmaker Semra Eren-Nijhar. At the turn of the millennium Eren-Nijhar embarked on a six-year project to ‘give a voice’ to “[Turkish] people from different walks of life”living in the capital.  She interviewed […]

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Turks in London – the new book by Semra Eren-Nijhar
 

London’s Turkish community may be celebrating its centenary in Britain, but there are few books on its history, personalities and heritage. Sociologist and documentary-maker Semra Eren-Nijhar has been at the forefront of researching the community. Earlier this year her latest book titled Turks In London: The Unheard Voices was published in paperback. The 237-page book […]