Near Eastern Languages & Cultures | Cultural History of Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey
N325 | 3277 | Silay

Course Meets: 4:00 - 5:15 TR WH 114

This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students with little or no background in Turkish
studies to the rich and varied cultures of Turkey, from Ottoman times to the present.  After briefly
touching upon the general history of Anatolian "Turks," we will study the social, economic and political
structures of Ottoman and Turkish Anatolia, the language(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 Anatolian peoples 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: literacy/illiteracy in
Turkish society; the secular enterprise of Kemal Ataturk; the revival of Islamic fundamentalism; Turkish
educational institution; the emergence of Kurdish nationalism, and how all of these are reflected in the
artistic creations of  the Turkish people.  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.  Grades will be based upon attendance and class participation, a short
paper, midterm and final exams.

No Prerequisites/Satisfies COAS AHLA and CSA requirements.