Harvard History PhD graduate Clare Gillis recently interviewed CMES PhD student Aleksander Shopov and Professor Cemal Kafadar for an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on efforts by scholars for historical preservation in Istanbul:
Another construction project approved in June is the razing and redevelopment of the Yedikule gardens. Yedikule means "seven towers," for the Ottoman-era turrets in the surrounding city walls.
The gardens are on a narrow stretch of land along...
Recognized as a classic of Turkish literature, Vesilet’ün Necat, or more commonly known as Mevlid-i Şerif is a long poem commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammed written in Turkish in 1409 by Süleyman Çelebi (1351-1422) in Bursa. It is often chanted on special occasions such as the birth of a child or as a commemoration of the dead. Musically, mevlid is a solo form, improvised and unaccompanied, usually performed in conjunction with Koranic chant and informal group singing of devotional songs (ilahi).... Read more about A BILINGUAL MEVLID: Süleyman Çelebi’s masterpiece in Greek and Turkish
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Morton Abramowitz is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. He is on the boards of the International Rescue Committee, the International Crisis Group, and Human Rights in North Korea, and is on the advisory council of the National Interest quarterly journal and Foreign Policy magazine.... Read more about A Troubled Turkey