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Map of Turkey
As background to the locations described in Orhan Pamuk's novel Snow, readers can view a map of Turkey by the Central Intelligence Agency of the US Government and download it in pdf format.
Tags: Ataturk, map, novel, Orhan Pamuk, Ottoman Empire, republic, Snow, Turkey
Orhan Pamuk's 2006 Nobel Lecture: "My Father's Suitcase"
Orhan Pamuk delivered the lecture "My Father's Suitcase" at the ceremony awarding him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. The New Yorker Magazine reprinted the lecture by permission.
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'Turkey' from Oxford Islamic Studies Online
One of the successor states created from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, Turkey became the first secular state in the Muslim world. The new state was declared a republic in October 1923 after the defeat of the Greek army and of…
Timeline of Turkish History
1909 Abdul Hamid, the last of the Ottoman sultans, is deposed. 1914-1918 Turkey allies with Germany in World War I, and former Ottoman provinces are divided as mandates among the victorious…
Gallup Polling of Turkish Women’s Opinions about Headscarves
Western discussions of Muslim women’s public attire seldom take into account what women themselves think about this issue. In the past decade, the Gallup Organization has been polling intensively in Turkey and other Muslim countries. A Gallup…
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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Visit to a Harem
To The Countess of Mar, Adrianople [now Edirne], April 18, 1717 ….I was invited to dine with the Grand Vizier's lady, and it was with a great deal of pleasure I prepared myself for an entertainment which was never given before to any…
Tags: bloomers, costume, culture, dress, England, feminism, gender, harem, Islam, Lady Montagu, letters, Ottoman Empire, pantaloons, travel narrative, Turkey
From Nobel Prize–winning author Orhan Pamuk, the novel Snow paints a fantastic picture of daily life in Kars, a dreamlike town in the mountains of far eastern Turkey. Following an exiled poet who becomes stranded in Kars during a weeklong…
Tags: childhood, culture, journalism, Middle East, migration, novels, politics, Turkey, youth
Rúmí: Poet and Mystic
Jalal al-Din Rúmí(1207–73), popularly known simply as Rúmí, was the greatest Sufi mystic and poet in the Persian language, famous for his lyrics and for his didactic epic Masnavi-yi Maʿnavi [Spiritual couplets],…