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Advanced Fellowships for Research in the Humanities at ARIT Centers in Turkey
C. Brian Rose, American Research Institute in Turkey

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History Professor Receives NEH Fellowship for Research in Turkey (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Darinda Sharp
Publication: Arkansas Newswire
Date: 5/2/2013
Abstract: press release announcing NEH FPIRI ARIT fellowship award to Dr. Nikolay Antov, History, University of Arkansas

Interview: Hale Yilmaz on social transformation in republican Turkey (Media Coverage)
Author(s): William Armstrong
Publication: Hurriyet Daily News
Date: 1/28/2017
Abstract: Interview took place on the occasion of publication in Turkish of Hale Yilmaz' older publication, “Becoming Turkish: Nationalist Reforms and Cultural Negotiations in Early Republican Turkey, 1923-1945,” now informed by her NEH research on the Menemen incident that reflected the struggle to build republican Turkey and now is commemorated as a holiday in December. The new research engages with the experiences and events in small local villages.

Review of Antov, The Ottoman 'Wild West' (Review)
Author(s): Rijad Dautovic
Publication: Reading Religion
Date: 4/8/2019
Abstract: This work covers the development of the distinctive Muslim community in the Deliorman and Gerlovo region of present day Bulgaria. It balances divergent Turkish and Bulgarian narratives of origin and conversion while also considering the central religious authority vs. its pragmatism. The study gives an illustrative presentation and a comprehensive case study of the development of the early Ottoman Empire while delving into issues of interpretation.

Review, Nikolay Antov, The Ottoman "Wild West": The Balkan Frontier in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries (Review)
Author(s): Rhoads Murphey
Publication: Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Date: 6/5/2019
Abstract: Antov's monograph studies in detail the process of population growth through rural migration to, and investment in, the existing urban centers in the northeastern Balkans, such as Shumen, alongside the foundation and rapid expansion of new urban centers such as Hezargrad. Both cities served as supply and distribution hubs along the principal routes of passage between the southern Balkans and the Danube waterway. The study gives priority to imperial expansion, colonization, and (to a lesser extent), conversion to Islam.

Review, Nikolay Antov, The Ottoman "Wild West": The Balkan Frontier in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries (Review)
Author(s): Sophia Laiou
Publication: Journal of Early Modern History
Date: 10/19/2019
Abstract: This book on the Ottoman Balkan frontier in the 15th and 16th centuries examines significant topics of early modern Ottoman and Balkan history. Antov considers the colonization process, religious conversion, state centralization, and accommodationist policies, focusing on two areas of contemporary Bulgaria, Deliorman and Gerlovo. He uses a variety of Ottoman sources — from tax registers to Islamic hagiographic accounts (velayetname) and other narrative sources, fetva collections, administrative documents as well as non-Ottoman accounts — to investigate fully the “indigenization of Islam” in the eastern Balkans as well as the imperial policy to institutionalize the Ottoman state’s authority in the area. The study convincingly challenges established views in Balkan national and Turkish historiography. It also contributes significantly to the discussion of how the Ottoman state became an empire, and the process of the imperialization and its effect on the non-Muslim population.

Review of Nikolay Antov, The Ottoman "Wild West": The Balkan Frontier in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries (Media Coverage)
Publication: H-Net Reviews
Date: 4/12/2020
Abstract: In the fifteenth century, Deliorman, Gerlovo, and the adjacent regions of the northeastern Balkans were sparsely populated. Those who did inhabit the region were part of the native Christian population or seminomadic non-sharia-minded Turcoman Muslims who were central to the region’s conquest by the Ottomans. Over the next century, the population grew dramatically from an influx of heterodox non-sharia-minded dervishes and Turcoman seminomads. Antov’s The Ottoman “Wild West” successfully demonstrates how these heterodox seminomadic groups, which epitomized the struggle against the Ottoman state’s centralizing project, were incorporated into the “Ottoman political and administrative-territorial framework”

Review, Nikolay Antov, The Ottoman “Wild West”: The Balkan Frontier in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries (Review)
Publication: International Journal of Middle East Studies
Date: 9/20/2020
Abstract: Amid the hundreds of booksin Western languages on the Ottoman Balkans, few highlight the ottoman contribution to Balkan development. Nikolay Antov studies the foundation of one of the largest Muslim communities in the Balkans - that of Deliorman and Gerlovo in Bulgaria - and its relationship to the Christian communities around it. The book makes the case of Deliorman easily comparable to studies on other localities, and it approaches arguments about Islamization in the Balkans from a radically new angle, setting islamization in the context of colonization and settlement processes, local economic changes and population movements, and events occurring elsewhere in the empire. In the process Antov makes a valuable contribution to undrestanding the transformation of a frontier region into a heartland.