Erdoğan's frequent references to the past fit within an ongoing tradition in Turkish politics. Uğur Derin shows how history has been politicised in Turkey since the emergence of the Republic, focusing on Erdoğan's usage of a civilisational discourse that glorifies an Islamic and Ottoman past.
The borders created by the colonial powers in the Middle East were not only lines drawn on a map, but also a physical and juridical reality. In this blog, Mattia Serra discusses the local consequences of the imposition of the Palestine-Lebanon border in the Mandates period.
The loss of her daughter spurred Citi Yousoff onto a spiritual journey. It led her to study calligraphy with the renowned master Hasan Çelebi. Today she is one of the very few female calligraphers with an ijazah, a traditional licence. What drives her? And how does she view her position?
In January 2021, President Erdoğan controversially appointed Melih Bulu as the new rector of the prestigious Boğaziçi University, inciting protests from both students and academics. Faculty member Olcay Akyıldız provides an insider’s perspective on the protests and their impact.
Central banks are supreme national economic institutions. What happens when, during a war, they become part of the power struggle? Heba Taha looks at the case of Yemen, which since 2016 has had two competing central banks, resulting in rivalling banknotes and currencies with different values.
Since the late nineteenth century, Modernist Muslim commentators have argued for the ejection of “foreign” texts, Isrāʾīliyyāt, and a return to an “untainted” Islam. In academic literature, however, the connections between the late-Ottoman ʿulamāʾ and the Arab Modernist exegetes are often neglected.
Peter Webb discusses the shortcomings of studying printed editions of Arabic sources, and introduces a new Leiden initiative designed to help overcome the pitfalls: Mouse&Manuscript, a free online suite of lessons covering the essentials of how to read Middle Eastern manuscripts.