History 298. Experimental Courses
My name is East; My name is West: Modern Turkey
One’s of world’s most populous Muslim majority countries today, Turkey is a member of NATO and a candidate for the European Union. Many see Turkey as a bridge between Europe and Asia. The founders of modern Turkey were former military officers, bureaucrats and intellectuals of the Ottoman Empire that spanned three continents and lasted over six centuries. Mapping the political, socio-economic and cultural landscape since the late 19th century, this course examines the formation of modern Turkey until the present day. We will particularly explore secularism, Islam, sexuality, the Kurdish question, recent political protests, memory, and arts and music. The course will consist of lectures and discussions and could also be taken as an upper level writing course.