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Advanced Fellowships for Research in the Humanities in Turkey
A. Reinhart, American Research Institute in Turkey

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Review of Luke and Kersel, U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and Archaeology: Soft Power, Hard Heritage (Review)
Author(s): Lieve Van Hoof
Publication: Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Date: 8/28/2013
Abstract: review article

Review of Luke and Kersel, U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and Archaeology: Soft Power, Hard Heritage (Review)
Author(s): Nicolas J. Cull
Publication: International Dialogue, A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs
Date: 12/3/2013
Abstract: review article

The Black Death in the Ottoman Empire and Ragusan Republic (Review)
Author(s): Michelle Ziegler
Publication: Contagions
Date: 11/16/2015
Abstract: Review article that compares Nukhet Varlik's sweeping "Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World" to Zlata Blažina Tomic and Vesna Blažina's Expelling the Plague: The Health Office and the Implementation of Quarantine in Dubrovnik, 1377-1533, a micro-historical account of public health measures in Ragusa, modern Dubrovnik. A biologist with interests in public health and the history of plague, Ziegler discusses the importance of local and regional plague studies to the understanding of plagues and history.

Van was the epicenter of the earthquake of genocide (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Yetvart Danzikyan
Publication: Agos
Date: 11/18/2016
Abstract: Interview with Yektan Turkyilmaz, keynote speaker, on the occasion of the conference organized by Hrant Dink Foundation, “The Social, Cultural and Economic History of Van and the Region.”

Review of Nukhet Varlik, Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World (Review)
Author(s): Amy Singer
Publication: Mediterranean Historical Review
Date: 2/24/2017
Abstract: There is much to praise in Nükhet Varlik’s Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World. In the broadest context, Varlik has written her work to address a lacuna in discussions of the gradual formation of Ottoman state and society as they transitioned from emirate to empire. At the same time, she corrects some of the lingering, flawed assumptions about the Ottoman role in global history narratives of the early modern era, all deriving from earlier failures to address directly and problematize plague historically during the first Ottoman centuries. Perhaps this is just as well, since Varlik’s lucid discussion of the latest research in molecular archaeology and genetics – including the sequencing of the genome of Yersina pestis, the pathogen that causes plague – makes it clear that this book ‘could not have been written ten years ago’

Review of Nukhet Varlik, Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World (Review)
Author(s): Jane S. Crawshaw
Publication: American Historical Review
Date: 6/1/2016
Abstract: 16-century Istanbul bustled with traders, pilgrims, and its burgeoning population, and underwent an administrative and architectural transformation to become a worthy imperial capital. Yet, as with many cities of the early modern period, it endured regular outbreaks of plague. It is these two sides to this significant city that Nükhet Varlik connects in this monograph: Istanbul’s political and institutional development, and its medical and environmental context. The analysis is focused upon what she terms the long sixteenth century (from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the turn of the seventeenth century). Through piecing together of chronicles and archival material, she provides a narrative regarding the path of plague through Istanbul and the expanding Ottoman Empire. Significantly, she illustrates that the outbreaks of plague prompted the administration to create new technologies that paved the way for the development of the Ottoman state.

Review of White, Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean (Review)
Author(s): Claire Norton
Publication: Journal of Medieval Worlds
Date: 6/2/2019
Abstract: This new study of maritime violence in the early modern Mediterranean provides a timely consideration of the personal, legal, and diplomatic repercussions of piracy from an Ottoman perspective. White’s innovative contribution to the scholarly literature on corsairing and piracy develops from his extensive use of Ottoman sources (court documentation, petitions, letters, reports, decrees, captivity narratives, travel accounts, etc.). His focus, not on the actions of the pirates themselves, but on the Ottoman judicial and administrative response to piracy, creates a narrative that is more nuanced than some earlier studies, which have tended to consider events refracted through an interpretative lens that emphasises a purported clash of civilisations meta-narrative and which sees the motivation of such violence located in holy warfare.

Review of Karakaya-Stump, The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia (Review)
Author(s): Angela Andersen
Publication: Review of Middle East Studies
Date: 7/7/2021
Abstract: Ayfer Karakaya-Stump has located, translated, and analyzed previously unpublished source materials from the private archives of Anatolian families to offer a reconceptualization of the formation of the Ottoman Kizilbash-Alevi milieu. The book embraces an historical framework to present the "central thesis that the basic doctrinal, devotional and organisational features of Kizilbashism/Alevism must be suought within Sufism broadly defined."

Review of White, Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean (Review)
Author(s): Daniel Hershenzen
Publication: International Journal of Middle East Studies
Date: 8/2/2019
Abstract: Joshua White approaches the history of piracy and privateering in the eastern Mediterranean from an Ottoman perspective and on the basis of extensive research in Ottoman archives as well as work carried out in Venetian, British, and French archives and libraries. The result is an important book that significantly revises much of what was thought about Mediterranean piracy.
URL: doi:10.1017/S0020743819000503

Review of Silverstein, The Social Lives of Numbers (Review)
Author(s): Fuat Dundar
Publication: New Perspectives on Turkey
Date: 11/1/2022
Abstract: Brian Silverstein's book focuses on statistical reform in Turkey and its impact on the Turkish agricultural sector. The reform has been one of the conditions that the Turkish Republic had to fulfill in order for the country to be a candidate for European Union (EU) membership since 1999. He documents how the changes in statistical methods and their utilization in agriculture "changed" farmers' lives and practices, rural livelihoods, food production, and ultimately, patterns of consumption in Turkey. (p. 100)
URL: doi:10.1017/npt.2022.14

Review of Scholars and Sultans in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Review)
Author(s): M. Talha Çiçek
Publication: Journal of World History
Date: 3/1/2018
Abstract: review article

Review of Scholars and Sultans in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Review)
Author(s): Cihan Yüksel Muslu
Publication: The American Historical Review
Date: 4/1/2018
Abstract: Review of Atcil, Scholars and Sultans in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire

Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean by Joshua M. White (review) (Review)
Author(s): Mark D Welton
Publication: The Middle East Journal
Date: 5/11/2018
Abstract: Two themes emerge in this study. The first is a detailed history of names and events during this period involving piracy and related (and frequently overlapping and ambiguous) activities, such as corsair-ing and privateering. The second is a study of both the diplomatic and, especially, the legal responses to these activities by the Ottoman administration and Islamic courts.

Review, Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean (Review)
Author(s): Colin Imber
Publication: Journal of Early Modern History
Date: 12/12/2018
Abstract: To the depredations of pirates and corsairs under license from various authorities, add international conflicts and commercial competition in trade that all made the Mediterranean a dangerous voyage in the 16th century. Conditions helped to bring about the law and diplomacy of the succeeding centuries.

Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and historian Nükhet Varlik probe depictions of plague in the Ottoman World (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Samuel Jones
Publication: Columbia Spectator
Date: 11/5/2018
Abstract: Columbia School of Journalism hosted Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and Nükhet Varlik, award-winning plague historian, for a conversation in Pulitzer Hall on narrating plague in the Ottoman world.

Review of Luke, A Pearl in Peril: Heritage and Diplomacy in Turkey (Review)
Author(s): Gul Pulhan
Publication: Antiquity
Date: 12/10/2019
Abstract: Review - This timely book on the struggles of cultural and natural heritage preservation and the challenges of conducting research-driven archaeological work also reveals a broader story of heritage, capitalism and world politics in the last century.