This course is designed to introduce graduate and particularly undergraduate students to the rich and varied cultures of Turkey, from Ottoman times to the present. After briefly touching upon the general history of the Anatolian Turks, we will study the social, economic and political structures of Ottoman and Turkish Anatolia, the language(s), the literature(s) and the many artistic traditions of the Anatolian peoples. How different was the literary language of the Ottoman elite from the language which has been spoken by the people of Anatolia for centuries? What was the social status of Turkish women during the Ottoman Empire? What changes took place after the emergence of Modern Turkey? Along with these questions, we will deal with other significant topics, such as literacy/illiteracy in Turkish society; the secular enterprise of Kemal Atatürk; Anatolian sufisms; Turkish folk Islam; Turkish Islamism(s); the “Turkish Islam” movement of Fethullah Gülen; Turkish educational institutions; the emergence of Kurdish nationalism; PKK terrorism; Turkey’s European Union struggle, and others. In addition to the assigned readings, Turkish films and other visual materials will be used to familiarize students with the historical, artistic and political structure of Anatolian/Turkish society.
No Prerequisites/Satisfies COAS AHLA and CSA requirements
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: The Reader prepared by the instructor
Feroz Ahmad, The Making of Modern Turkey. London: Routledge, 1993.
Carter Vaughn Findley, The Turks in World History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Henry Glassie, Turkish Traditional Art Today. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.
Colin Imber, The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
Halil İnalcık, The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age, 1300-1600. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1975.
Halil İnalcık (with Donald Quataert), Eds., An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Çağlar Keyder, State and Class in Turkey: A Study in Capitalist Development. London: Verso, 1987.
Bernard Lewis, The Emergence of Modern Turkey. London: Oxford University Press, 1965.
Andrew Mango, Atatürk. London: John Murray, 1999.
Stanford J. Shaw, From Empire to Republic, I-V. Ankara: Türk Tarik Kurumu, 2000
Madeline C. Zilfi, Ed., Women in the Ottoman Empire: Middle Eastern Women in the Early Modern Era. Leiden: Brill, 1997.