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The Long Shadow of the Last Ottoman Sultan

The Last Sultan

The death of Sultan Mehmed VI appeared to mark a catastrophic rupture in Ottoman history. Yet, on the centenary of his departure, Ottoman imperial symbols remain alive, while the unresolved tensions between him and President Atatürk continue to define Turkish politics.

Migrants Thrive Where Slaves and Martyrs Once Crossed Paths

A District of Darkness and Hope

The neighborhood was filled with forced migrants: Anatolian Turks from Aksaray, Armenians from Crimea, Janissaries from the Balkans. Its bleaker side was ever-present, too. From its Roman execution square to an Ottoman female slave market, Aksaray has always dabbled in the darker side of human affairs.

Commemorating Amazon Women Warriors in Turkey Brings Past to Life

Commemorating Amazon Women Warriors in Turkey Brings Past to Life

Memorials in Turkey like the Amazon statue at Samsun or the Hamza Stone in Giresun commemorate history’s women warriors, bringing a mythical past to life. Increasingly, however, those memorials are also shown to have a basis in historical fact.

Uyghur Muslims in Turkey Speak Out

Uyghur Muslims in Turkey Speak Out

Throughout Xinjiang, thousands of Uyghurs have been detained by the Chinese government for reasons as spurious as communicating to relatives abroad, possessing Uyghur language books or growing a long beard. Now Uyghurs in Turkey are speaking out, unwilling to remain silent.

Turkish Sitcom Taps Into the ‘Seinfeld’ Vibe

Turkish Sitcom Taps Into the ‘Seinfeld’ Vibe

Upon risk of social death, there are three subjects that comedians shy away from in Turkey: Atatürk, religion and homosexuality. Everything else is fair game. The creators of “Gibi,” 33-year-old Feyyaz Yiğit and 41-year-old Aziz Kedi, seem to feel this in their bones.

Reading Stories of Courage From a Century Ago

Reading Stories of Courage From a Century Ago

It is gratifying to read about such courage and heroism under duress. Whatever the impetus, odes should be sung for it in celebration. The Turkish officer who protected Armenians from the Ottoman-era genocide is like Schindler, the personification of the better angels of our nature.

In Kurdish Turkey, the Birds Have a Hotel

In Kurdish Turkey, the Birds Have a Hotel

Aviculture is so popular in Diyarbakir that Bird Lovers' Street even has its own multistory hotel. Most of its guests are pigeons.