Professor bloggar om Turkiet och hedersvåld

Professorn i antropologi Jenny White har specialiserat sig på Turkiet. I sin blogg skriver hon om nutida turkisk politik och hedersförtryck. Så här presenterar hon sin blogg:

I am an author and scholar, a professor of anthropology at Boston University, specializing in contemporary Turkish culture, politics and society. I have published two scholarly books on contemporary Turkey and two novels in the Kamil Pasha series: The Sultan’s Seal and The Abyssinian Proof (a third, The Winter Thief, will be published in March 2010). For more information about my books and some background history, check out my website:

This blog began as a species of fieldnotes — a record of what I thought was important — as I spent the year 2008 in Turkey on a research grant. I was looking into political issues, nationalism and Islam in particular as these were developing in Turkey. I’m back in Boston now, but continuing my mission to keep track of — and track down — interesting and important events and insights about contemporary Turkey. I try to be balanced (never an easy task in an ideologically divided country like Turkey) and, when the occasion presents itself, to look at the light side of things as well. I give my own reflections as someone who has been coming to – and often living in — Turkey since the mid-1970s.

Istanbul is a city where the past is right there beneath your nose as you walk about the streets. My main fictional character, Kamil Pasha, was a prosecutor/magistrate in the nineteenth century secular Ottoman court of Beyoglu, the foreigners’ section of Istanbul. He went to school in Istanbul, grew up there, worked and loved there (and in my mind and that of my readers still does).

Old Turkey and new, my impressions and thoughts."

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