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Ottoman odyssey : travels through a lost empire

Author: Alev Scott
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Pegasus books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"An exploration of the contemporary influence of the Ottoman Empire on the wider world, as the author uncovers the new Ottoman legacy across Europe and the Middle East."--Amazon.com summary.
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Genre/Form: Travel writing
History
Named Person: Alev Scott
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alev Scott
ISBN: 9781643130750 1643130757
OCLC Number: 1099658281
Description: xxiii, 292 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Sultans old and new --
A historical note: classified infidels --
Turkey: heart of the empire. Instanbul ; Ziya ; The Sacré Coeur ; Antakya ; Izmir and the Levantines ; The Afro Turks --
Scattered pomegranates. An empire enriched ; Thessaloniki ; Hidden synagogues ; 1915 ; Yerevan ; Western Armenia --
Ghosts of Troy. Cyprus ; Foreign soil ; Ayvalik ; Thrace ; Aegean Turks ; Granny Şifa --
Minarets in the West. Bridge on the Drina ; Missionary zeal ; The art of war zones ; Serbia ; Kosovo and Skopje ; Minarets and muftis --
Spires in the East. Jerusalem and the West Bank ; The hanging gardens of Haifa ; Beirut ; An Islamic state enclave ; Ain Dara ; Warlords and Sheikhs --
Memleket. Homeland ; Fenced life ; Conjugations ; Minced words ; Coffee cups ; Return of the native ; Exile.
Responsibility: Alev Scott.

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"An exploration of the contemporary influence of the Ottoman Empire on the wider world, as the author uncovers the new Ottoman legacy across Europe and the Middle East."--Amazon.com summary.

The author's odyssey began when she looked beyond Turkey's borders for contemporary traces of the Ottoman Empire. Their 800 years of rule ended a century ago - and yet, traveling through twelve countries from Kosovo to Greece to Palestine, she uncovers a legacy that's vital and relevant; where medieval ethnic diversity meets twenty-first century nationalism - and displaced people seek new identities. It's a story of surprises. An acolyte of Erdogan in Christian-majority Serbia confirms the wide-reaching appeal of his authoritarian leadership. A Druze warlord explains the secretive religious faction in the heart of the Middle East. The palimpsest-like streets of Jerusalem's of Old Town hint at the Ottoman co-existence of Muslims and Jews. And in Turkish Cyprus, Alev Scott rediscovers a childhood home. In every community, history is present as a dynamic force. Faced by questions of exile, diaspora, and collective memory, Alev Scott searches for answers from the cafés of Beirut to the refugee camps of Lesbos. She uncovers in Erdogan's nouveau-Ottoman Turkey a version of the nostalgic utopias sold to disillusioned voters in Europe and America. And yet - as she relates with compassion, insight, and humor - diversity is the enduring, endangered heart of this fascinating region. --

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